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Red Sox Hand Yankees Second Straight Loss; Mets Down Padres

The Boston Red Sox defeated the Yankees 7-4 to start the Major League Baseball season with two road wins against New York for the first time since 1935, while the Mets topped the San Diego Padres 8-4.

The Red Sox led 6-0 after three innings last night at Yankee Stadium. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a one-run single in the first and Jackie Bradley Jr. scored in the second with the bases loaded when Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch.

In the four-run third inning, Shane Victorino hit a run- scoring single, Bradley drove in Victorino with a single and Jacoby Ellsbury batted a two-run single. Ellsbury added a run in the sixth on Dustin Pedroia’s ground-out.

The Yankees had a solo homer by Travis Hafner in the fourth and a three-run home run by Vernon Wells in the eighth.

The Yankees dropped their first two games of the season for the second straight year and the third time in five years.

Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (0-1) got the loss after giving up two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings and left the game in the second inning when his right middle finger was bruised by Victorino’s line drive. The X-rays were negative, the team said.

New York has five All-Stars on the disabled list: shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira, outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Phil Hughes.

Clay Buchholz (1-0) allowed six hits and one run in seven innings while striking out four for the Red Sox (2-0).

Arizona Marathon

In other games in the American League, it was Oakland 6, Seattle 2; the Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 2; Texas 4, Houston 0; Minnesota 3, Detroit 2; Cleveland 3, Toronto 2 (11 innings); and Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 7.

In the National League, Arizona outlasted St. Louis 10-9 in 16 innings. In other games it was San Francisco 5, the Los Angeles Dodgers 3; Colorado 7, Milwaukee 3; Washington 3, Miami 0; Pittsburgh 3, the Chicago Cubs 0; and Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 2.

In an interleague game, it was Cincinnati 5, the Los Angeles Angels 4.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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