After tributes, Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals 4-3
April 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
BOSTON -- After honoring the victims and the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox kept on with their best start in 11 years by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Saturday as David Ortiz played his first game since last summer and Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) in the eighth inning.
The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with "Boston" on the front instead of the customary "Red Sox." The shirts will be auctioned off for a fund to support victims of the bombing.
Kansas City players and staff wore a "B Strong" patch on the front of their jerseys. Neil Diamond sang Red Sox favorite "Sweet Caroline" before the bottom of the eighth.
Following the emotional pregame ceremony, the Red Sox won their sixth straight game — four since Monday's bombings at the marathon finish line.
Clay Buchholz (4-0) allowed eight hits in eight innings.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3, 11 Innings Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup had a two-run throwing error in the 11th inning and the Yankees beat Toronto for their ninth win in 11 games.
Shawn Kelley (1-0) got two outs in the 10th for the win and Mariano Rivera finished for his fifth save.
Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli singled off Loup (1-1) to begin the 11th, and Ichiro Suzuki followed with a bunt to the third base side of the mound that Loup and third basemen Brett Lawrie both charged. Loup fielded it and wheeled to throw to third. But with Lawrie out of position as he retreated back to the bag, the ball sailed into foul territory and down the left field line, allowing both runners to score.
Angels 10, Tigers 0 Mike Trout capped a nine-run first inning against Rick Porcello with his first career grand slam, Garrett Richards pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and the Angels routed the Tigers. Richards (1-0) struck out eight and walked none. Prince Fielder's leadoff single in the second and Miguel Cabrera's leadoff double in the seventh were the only hits off the right-hander.
Porcello (0-2) faced 11 batters, threw 47 pitches and got only two outs — on a double-play grounder by Chris Iannetta.
Twins 2, White Sox 1, 10 Innings Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez's throwing error, and Minnesota beat the White Sox.
Doumit led off with a double off Hector Santiago (0-1). After Aaron Hicks popped up a bunt attempt, Eduardo Escobar hit a slow grounder that shortstop Ramirez fielded cleanly but bounced his throw to first base. Escobar was safe on an infield hit and Doumit scored to help Minnesota snap a four-game skid against the White Sox.