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Daniel Nava powers Red Sox to comeback victory in first game at Fenway since marathon bombings

Apr 20, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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Baseball was back in Boston this afternoon for the first time since Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. And the Fenway faithful went home happy.

Capping off an emotional day, Daniel Nava delivered a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Royals. The Red Sox have now won seven straight and sit at 12-4 on the young season.

Nava’s blast off Kelvin Herrera made a winner out of Clay Buchholz, who gave up two runs over eight innings. He’s now 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 29/11 K/BB ratio in 30 innings over his first four starts.

Andrew Bailey made things interesting in the ninth inning by giving up a leadoff homer to Lorenzo Cain and putting the tying run on second base with two outs, but he managed to get Alex Gordon to ground out to end it. He has saves in three straight games since blowing his first chance in the Patriots’ Day game on Monday.

After his pointed comments during the pre-game ceremony, David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in his season debut. Oh, and Neil Diamond also showed up to lead the crowd in “Sweet Caroline” in the middle of the eighth inning. All in all, a pretty great day for Boston.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Boston needed this. Congratulations to Nava, Ortiz and Buchholz.

  2. ienjoysensi - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Nava your the man ! Love his reactions after. Kid gets pumped . Great W for the city of Boston

  3. 13arod - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    he already lead the redsox to a couple of comebacks this year with homeruns

  4. sandpiperair - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    It made me wish they did curtain calls at Fenway. It would have been great to see him come out and respond to the fans after they responded to his HR.

  5. rbj1 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    As a Yankees fan, I say “way to go Boston.”

  6. hittfamily - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Shields and Bucholtz pitched great. I was rooting against the Red Sox today, but not against Boston. It was a very moving tribute, and moving tributes should end in a celebration. Wicked bleeping ending Sox.

  7. randygnyc - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    The fans in Boston deserved a thrilling victory today. (Can’t believe I just typed that). GO RED SOX!!!

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      That makes two of us. Well done Randy.

      • randygnyc - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        In sports there are only rivalries. We aren’t enemies. Unfortunately, we know the real definition of that word and it doesn’t belong in this context.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      Wow…never expected to read those words from you.

      Very cool…thanks.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Another really great start by Buchholz, and nice to see the comeback. Too bad the Celtics and Bruins couldn’t do it too.

    Really worried about the closer situation though. Bailey really tried to give it back.

  9. Nofoolnodrool - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    randygnyc | Apr 20, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT
    In sports there are only rivalries. We aren’t enemies. Unfortunately, we know the real definition of that word and it doesn’t belong in this context.

    Sir in the only game that counts you are a winner. Thanks for the great post!

  10. baseballisboring - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    It’s early, but wow am I way more optimistic about this team than I was before the season started. If Lester and Buchholz keep this up we’re gonna be real dangerous. And who doesn’t root for Daniel Nava?

  11. proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It appears that some time after 11 PM and before 5 AM, some filthy terrorist sympathiser entered a thumbs down to the above comments.

    • randygnyc - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Or a deranged Yankees fan. There are a few out there, in case you weren’t aware.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        Just one that I was thinking of; however; he does receive a lot of thumbs down.

  12. ienjoysensi - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Proudly , I noticed the same thing . Funny post

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