Winners of nine straight Opening Day's at Fenway Park, a tremendous and moving pregame ceremony handing out the 2013 World Series rings and honoring Boston Marathon victims as well as the Boston Fire Department, everything was in the cards for a Red Sox win, but the Brewers put that to spoil, topping the Red Sox, 6-2 before a sellout crowd at Fenway Park.
With the game knotted at two in the ninth and Edward Mujica making his Fenway debut, things didn't go as planned as he allowed four runs to take the loss.
Khris Davis led the inning off with a double. Scooter Gennett followed with a bunt where the Red Sox couldn't get Davis at third, setting up first and third with no outs. Lyle Overbay then ripped a two-run double to right, which proved to be the game-winning hit in the Brewers win. Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez added RBI singles for the fifth and sixth Brewers runs.
"They came out swinging against Mujica. Knowing that he has been in the National League Central they are familiar with him, but at the same time Edward has had a lot of success against that lineup," manager John Farrell said. "He mislocated a couple of balls and unfortunately they made him pay for it."
The Red Sox got their two runs in the in the second and third innings. Mike Napoli was able to score advancing from first to third on a single to right when the throw went beyond third base for the first Red Sox run. Will Middlebrooks tied the game at two with a solo homer on the first pitch he saw in the third, his first home run of the season.
The home team could only manage five hits in the loss -- this after combining for 24 hits in the previous two games in Baltimore.
Red Sox starter Jake Peavy was roughed up early on allowing two runs in the second inning, a lead off homer to Jonathan Lucroy and later an RBI single to Gomez. The right-hander settled down retiring 9-of-11 batters between the third and fifth innings. Overall, Peavy went six innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four in a no-decision.
Burke Badenhop made his Red Sox debut pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth innings against his former team.
The teams will be back in action tomorrow night (7:10, NESN) where Clay Buchholz will go against Wily Peralta.
What they'll be saying: It was a frustrating day, particularly on offense for the Sox as like in the season opener, they just couldn't get that elusive hit. Despite their outbursts in Games 2 and 3 of the year, the team has struggled with runners in scoring position as after four games they are just 3-for-31 (0.97) ... Although Peavy struggled out of the gates, he settled down and pitched what was another quality start from a Red Sox starter. Badenhop also was impressive in his first outing as a Red Sox, but the game will be remembered for Mujica's rough ninth inning, allowing four runs and recording just two outs.