Adam Duvall, right, celebrates teammates after his two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday lifted the Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

BOSTON — Masataka Yoshida’s routine fly ball sailed to medium deep left field, and Baltimore’s Ryan McKenna moved slowly to his right before settling under it, preparing to make the grab for the final out.

Then the ball kicked off the palm of his glove and fell to the ground. The Fenway Park crowd was screaming.

Two pitches later, the Boston Red Sox were celebrating at home plate and walking off with their first win of the season, 9-8 over the Orioles on Saturday behind Adam Duvall’s second two-run homer.

“When it hit, I wasn’t sure if it was a homer of not,” said Duvall after the ball hit just above the Green Monster and caromed off a tabletop back onto the field. “I saw them stop going for it and I saw the lights start to flicker. I was hoping it was going to stand as a homer.”

Duvall had four hits and five RBI.

“I turned my back and started to go to the clubhouse and I hear the fans screaming,” winning pitcher Kenley Jansen said.


Duvall lined his shot against Félix Bautista (0-1).

“Mac’s done a really great job in the outfield for us for a few years now,” Baltimore Manager Brandon Hyde said. “Mistakes happen. Unfortunately, it was a just tough time. … I feel bad for him. Nobody feels worse in there than Mac.”

Baltimore stole five bases and became the first team to steal 10 in its first two games since at least 1901. Jorge Mateo swiped two, and Cedric Mullins, Ryan McKenna and Austin Hays one each.

Mullins hit a three-run homer, Ryan Mountcastle had a two-run shot, and the Orioles tagged Chris Sale for seven runs over three innings in his first Fenway Park start since 2021.

Baltimore led 8-7 when McKenna dropped Masataka Yoshida’s routine fly. Duvall followed with a line drive that just cleared the Green Monster, against Félix Bautista (0-1).

Hays went 5 for 5 with a solo shot for the Orioles, who won Thursday’s opener, 10-9.


Baltimore took a 7-1 lead on Mullins’ homer before Boston rallied behind Duvall, who fell a single shy of the cycle. Rafael Devers had three hits and Alex Verdugo belted a two-homer homer for the Red Sox, who cut it to 8-7 in the seventh on Duvall’s RBI double.

Making his first start in Fenway since a loss in Game 5 of the 2021 AL Championship Series, Sale gave up three homers. He did have six strikeouts, getting Ramón Urías three times.

“I left them completely out to dry tonight,” Sale said. “About as embarrassed as I’ve even been on a baseball field. … I was out there throwing batting practice.”

Sale found himself in a quick 3-0 hole after giving up a homer to Mountcastle – a shot into the Green Monster seats on a slider down the middle – and Hays’ drive to center on a 95.7 mph fastball.

RAYS 12, TIGERS 2: Zach Eflin pitched five strong innings in his Tampa Bay debut and got lots of offensive support in a rout of visiting Detroit.

Yandy Díaz and Wander Franco each had three hits and three RBI for the Rays, who scored seven times in the third inning to ruin right-hander Spencer Turnbull’s first major league outing for the Tigers since June 4, 2021.


ASTROS 6, WHITE SOX 4: Kyle Tucker hit a pair of run-scoring singles and Yordan Alvarez had three hits to lead Houston to a win at home.

Chicago’s Seby Zavala, who played baseball for San Diego State from 2012-15, hit a two-run homer a few hours before the Aztecs played Florida Atlantic in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

With the score 3-3 in the seventh, Alvarez and José Abreu hit consecutive two-out singles off Joe Kelly, and Tucker greeted José Ruiz with a go-ahead single.

TWINS 2, ROYALS 0: Sonny Gray and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jose Miranda had an RBI single, and visiting Minnesota opened with consecutive shutouts for the first time in franchise history.

ANGELS 13, ATHLETICS 1: Taylor Ward homered and drove in four runs, and Los Angeles scored 11 times in the third inning at Oakland, spoiling the major league debut of pitcher Shintaro Fujinami.

Shohei Ohtani had two hits and two RBI.



CARDINALS 4, BLUE JAYS 1: Jack Flaherty survived a career-high seven walks and a hit batter in throwing five no-hit innings, and St. Louis scored three unearned runs in the third inning on its way to a victory over visiting Toronto.

Facing the Blue Jays for the first time in his career, Flaherty fanned four and benefited from a second-inning double play.

GIANTS 7, YANKEES 5: Camillo Doval retired Giancarlo Stanton on a game-ending, double-play grounder with the bases loaded, and San Francisco held on for a win at home.

RANGERS 16, PHILLIES 3: Marcus Semien led off with a homer, Mitch Garver hit two and host Texas became just the seventh team since 1900 to start a season by scoring 10 or more runs in consecutive games.



BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 1: Matt Olson hit two of Atlanta’s four homers, and Spencer Strider struck out nine batters in six scoreless innings, leading Atlanta to a win at Washington.

Ronald Acuña Jr. and Olson began the game with back-to-back solo shots, and Marcell Ozuna also homered off Josiah Gray, who allowed the most homers in the majors last season.

METS 6, MARLINS 2: Pete Alonso hit a go-ahead double, Tylor Megill struck out seven over five innings and New York won at Miami.

BREWERS 3, CUBS 1: William Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run single in Milwaukee’s three-run eighth inning, and the Brewers won at Chicago.

Brandon Woodruff pitched six sharp innings for Milwaukee, and Devin Williams worked a rocky ninth for the save.

Dansby Swanson collected three more hits for Chicago, and Ian Happ homered. Justin Steele struck out eight in six innings.

REDS 6, PIRATES 2: Jake Fraley came off the bench to hit a three-run homer, Kevin Newman had a two-run shot against his former team and Cincinnati won at home.

Jonathan India added a solo homer and Nick Lodolo overcame a challenging first inning as Cincinnati snapped an eight-losing streak to Pittsburgh that dated to last season.

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