BOSTON (AP) - A year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox had plenty of chances to make a special day even more memorable.
They almost succeeded.
Boston scored one run in each of the last three innings - stranding runners in scoring position in all of them - - in a 7-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in Monday’s traditional Patriots’ Day morning game
Not bad, though, considering the Red Sox trailed 6-0 after three innings.
“Our guys battled and fought and did a good job of making a game of it and it came down to the last pitch,” David Ross said. “We did a good job of representing Red Sox baseball today. We just want to win, obviously, for the fans and the whole situation.’”
Boston beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in last year’s Patriots’ Day game. About 40 minutes after the final out, two bombs went off near the marathon finish line a little over a mile from Fenway Park, killing three spectators.
This year, Monday’s game began at 11:09 a.m., 12 hours, 28 minutes after Boston’s 6-5 win ended Sunday night.
“Once you show up here, we have a job to do,” Baltimore’s Adam Jones said. “It doesn’t matter what time it is.”
The game started about an hour before Meb Keflezighi crossed the finish line as the first American man to win the Marathon since Greg Meyer in 1983. A long, loud cheer went up when the result of the race was shown on the center field video screen.
Boston’s Mike Napoli called Monday “a special day.”
“Of course, you want to go out there and win,” he said.
That seemed unlikely when Baltimore scored six runs off Clay Buchholz in the third inning. The Red Sox, who overcame a 5-0 deficit Sunday, started to come back again.
“It never seems to be enough against these guys,” said Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who fielded Mike Carp’s grounder and stepped on first for the last out. “They claw and battle and continue to score runs and put pressure on us to score more runs.”
Boston loaded the bases with one out in the ninth on a single by Brock Holt, a double by Dustin Pedroia and an intentional walk to David Ortiz. One run scored on Napoli’s groundout to second before Tommy Hunter escaped with his fifth save.
Nothing special for Hunter.