April 9 (Bloomberg) -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a run-scoring double in the fifth inning as the Boston Red Sox won their first game of the season with a 9-6 home-opening victory against the New York Yankees.
At Citi Field in New York, the Mets lost their Major League Baseball home opener 6-2 to the Washington Nationals.
The Red Sox, who lost their first six games, avoided matching the 0-8 record they set in 1945.
“I just came in here thinking, ‘We need to find a way to win. I don’t care how we do it. I don’t care if it’s the ugliest win of all time. We need that win,’” Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “But we played great, man.”
Robinson Cano doubled in the first to give the Yankees (4-3) a 2-0 lead. Pedroia hit a home run to left field in the first that closed the gap to 2-1 for Boston (1-6).
“He gave us a huge lift,” manager Terry Francona said. “We’re down two, he takes a good swing and kind of gets at least a little bit of momentum, a little bit of excitement going.”
Alex Rodriguez’s home run tied the game 6-6 in the fifth inning for the Yankees before Saltalamacchia drove in Kevin Youkilis in the bottom of the inning.
J.D. Drew hit a two-run single in the seventh to seal Boston’s win.
“They’ve got a great team,” Yankees catcher Russell Martin said. “(Going) 0-6 is not a good indication of how they’re playing. You’re not playing the record.”
John Lackey (1-1) got the win for the Red Sox despite giving up seven hits and six runs in five innings.
New York’s Bartolo Colon (0-1), who relieved starter Phil Hughes in the third inning, allowed two hits and two runs in 4 1/3 innings for the loss.
Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann hit a two-run single to right in the second inning to give Washington a 2-0 lead against the Mets, who got a run in the fourth when Ike Davis scored David Wright on a sacrifice fly.
“I don’t know what happened there,” said Zimmermann, a .167 career hitter with four runs batted in. “I was trying to get the barrel on the ball.”
Michael Morse walked with the bases loaded to score Jayson Werth in the fifth for Washington. Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run single and Ian Desmond grounded out to score Danny Espinosa three innings later for the Nationals (3-4).
Zimmermann (1-1) gave up six hits and two runs and struck out four in 5 1/3 innings for the win.
“I was battling pretty much all day” Zimmermann said. “I handed it over to the bullpen and they did an awesome job.”
R.A. Dickey (1-1), who split the nail on his index finger in the first inning, got the loss, allowing six hits and three runs while walking five over five innings as the Mets (3-4) fell to 31-19 in home openers.
“I’m not going to say (the split nail) led to every walk,” Dickey said. “It was just very tough to get the feel.”
In the American League, it was Detroit 5, Kansas City 2; Minnesota 2, Oakland 1; Tampa Bay 9, the Chicago White Sox 7; Toronto 3, the Los Angeles Angels 2; and Cleveland 12, Seattle 3. The game between undefeated Texas and Baltimore, postponed because of rain, will be played today as part of a doubleheader.
In the National League, it was San Francisco 5, St. Louis 4 (12 innings); Florida 4, Houston 3; Atlanta 6, Philadelphia 3; the Chicago Cubs 7, Milwaukee 4; Pittsburgh 4, Colorado 3 (14 innings); and Arizona 13, Cincinnati 2.
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