Brewers spoil Red Sox' Opening Day party, 6-2

Brewers spoil Red Sox' Opening Day party, 6-2
April 4, 2014, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Through the first three games of the season, the Red Sox bullpen was nearly perfect. The relievers strung together three scoreless outings in Baltimore, totaling 7 2/3 innings. When Burke Badenhop silenced the Milwaukee Brewers, his former team, for two more innings Friday afternoon, the streak grew.

But it came to a quick and ugly end in the ninth inning.

Edward Mujica, attempt to hold a 2-2 tie in his first Red Sox appearance at Fenway, allowed four runs on four hits as the Milwaukee Brewers pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Sox.

Khrys Davis doubled into the right-field corner, leading off, and Mujica dug a bigger hole by unsuccessfully attempt to throw out Davis at third on a bunt try by Scooter Gennett, putting runners at first and third with no onts. A double by Lyle Overbay scored both runners, making it 4-2, and Overbay himself rode home on a single to right by Carlos Gomez. The Brewers later added another run on an RBI single from Aramis Ramirez.

The Brewers had used a home run by Jonathan Lucroy, a double by Davis and a single by Gomez in the second to stake themselves to quick 2-0 lead off Boston starter Jake Peavy.

The Red Sox scratched out a run of their own in the bottom of the second when Mike Napoli drew a leadoff walk, took third on a single by Grade Sizemore and scored on an overthrow by right fielder Logan Schaefer.

A solo homer by Will Middlebrooks with one out in the bottom of the third tied things, and that's how it remained until Mujica's implosion in the ninth.

The Sox were held to just five hits, a day after pounding out 14 against the Orioles.


STAR OF THE GAME: Carlos Gomez
Hitting leadoff for a change, Gomez enjoyed a big day, collecting four hits while knocking in two and reaching base in every plate appearance except his first.

It's doubtful Overbay had revenge on the brain Friday after having been among the final Red Sox cuts in spring training in 2013. But whatever his motivation, he snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth with his two-run double into the right field corner.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Edward Mujica
Entering a 2-2 game in the ninth, it was as if Mujica lit a match. He surrendered a leadoff double to Khris Davis, made an ill-advised throw to third on a bunt by Scooter Gennett that put runners on first and third with nobody out, gave up the two-run double to Overbay, and then allowed two more hits to hand the Brewers four runs.

In the seventh inning, Grady Sizemore worked a leadoff walk and with, Xander Bogaerts following him, took second on a wild pitch by Brewers reliever Will Smith, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position with no out. But Sizemore never advanced. Smith got Bogaerts to ground out before retiring A.J. Pierzynski on a lineout, and, following a walk to Will Middlebrooks, he induced an inning-ending groundout from Daniel Nava.

The loss was the Red Sox' first in their home opener since 2004, ending a nine-game home opener winning streak.

"If you make mistakes, it's the big leagues and they're going to hurt you. Unfortunately, it came at a crucial time, in a tie game.'' -- A.J. Pierzynski, on the struggles of reliever Edward Mujica.