The Boston Red Sox, playing with heavy hearts just a day after the deadly bombings in their hometown, beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Tuesday.
Boston’s players were already en route to Cleveland when they learned of the explosions near the Boston Marathon’s finish line that killed three and injured more than 170. The Red Sox were hoping to bring some relief to those affected by the tragedy, and they may have while winning their fourth straight American League game.
Mike Napoli hit a three-run double in Boston’s seven-run second inning.
The series opener was also Indians manager Terry Francona’s first game against the Red Sox, the team he led to two World Series titles during eight seasons in Boston. Before the game, in a clubhouse devoid of its usual pregame sound and bustle, several players spoke of how a memorable Patriots Day win over Tampa Bay turned horrific.
In an interleague game, Robinson Cano paid tribute to Jackie Robinson in fitting fashion by hitting a three-run homer as the New York Yankees beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on a night devoted to honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Cano, whose big league father Jose named him for Robinson, connected on the day when all players, managers, coaches and umpires at Yankee Stadium wore No. 42 to salute the late Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer. Major League Baseball held Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, the anniversary of the date he broke the color barrier in 1947. The Yankees and Diamondbacks were off on Monday.
Mariano Rivera, the last big leaguer still wearing No. 42 on a daily basis, closed for his third save.
The Yankees also remembered Boston, home of their longtime rivals, by playing the Fenway Park favorite Sweet Caroline after the third inning.
Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla homered in the eighth inning, and Juan Francisco hit a pair of solo shots earlier in the game to help the Atlanta Braves win their 10th straight with a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals in another interleague matchup. Atlanta’s 10-game winning streak is their longest since the club won 15 in a row from April 15 to May 2, 2000. The Braves are 12-1 and off to their best start since they began the 1994 season 13-1.
In the National League, Adeiny Hechavarria ended Miami’s nine-game home run drought with a three-run shot in the Marlins’ 8-2 win over the Nationals.
A throwing error by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman — his fourth in five games — preceded the homer and led to four unearned runs.
The Marlins (3-11) began the game with the worst record in the majors, but broke out of an offensive slump in the fourth inning with four runs, more than they had scored in all but one game.
In other NL games, the Colorado Rockies swept a doubleheader against the New York Mets 8-4 and 9-8, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 10-8, the San Diego Padres trounced the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-2 and the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds were to complete their game yesterday after it was suspended due to rain with the scores level at 0-0.
In the AL, the Baltimore Orioles edged the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3, the Minnesota Twins downed the Los Angeles Angels 8-6, the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-3 and the Detroit Tigers were 6-2 winners over the Seattle Mariners. The Rangers downed the Chicago Cubs 4-2 in Tuesday’s other interleague game.