MLB: Red Sox Rally to Beat Yankees on Opening Day

The Boston Red Sox opened their MLB season by out lasting their American League nemesis and defending champions New York Yankees at Fenway Park. The Red Sox trailed 1-5 entering the fifth inning, but scored eight runs in the next five frames while limiting the visiting Bronx Bombers to just two runs to take the first match of their 18-game season series, 9-7.

Yankees starter CC Sabathia held sway for the first four innings, but surrendered four runs in the next two innings. New York started the scoring in the second inning, as catcher Jorge Posada and new recruit Curtis Granderson battered BoSox ace Josh Beckett with back-to-back home runs.

The Red Sox tied the match in the bottom of the sixth with three runs. The Yankees responded with two runs of their own at the top of seventh. Then, it was all Boston from there. Marco Scutaro singled and Dustin Pedroia homered to tie the match for the last time at 7-7. Keven Youkilis scored the go-ahead run off a Posada passed ball. After the Yankees came out empty at the top of eighth, Pedroia got his third RBI by scoring Mike Cameron for the final run. Jonathan Papelbon gave up a hit, but still got his first save of the season.

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