On Patriot's Day in Boston, marathons were being staged all over.
As the entrants of the 95th Boston Marathon weaved their way through the aged streets of the harbor city, the Cleveland Indians were forced to go the extra mile themselves Monday, working 13 innings to secure a 1-0 victory over the Red Sox.The Indians posted a string of zeroes on the scoreboard before getting the only run of the game in the 13th when Brook Jacoby lined an 0-1 pitch from reliever Dennis Lamp over the left-field screen for the game winner.
"I wasn't looking to hit one out," Jacoby said. "I was just looking to hit it hard. I'm just thankful we got three outs in the bottom of the 13th. That wasn't easy, either."
Doug Jones, who got his third save, had a bit of a scare in the bottom of the 13th. With one out, Tom Brunansky and Carlos Quintana hit singles. Tony Pena's long fly to left went foul, and his slow roller to third moved the runners up to second and third. However, Tim Naehring popped to second to end the game.
Jacoby's homer gave Cleveland its third victory in four games over Boston. In addition, the shutout gave the Cleveland staff 22 straight scoreless innings against a batting order many had projected as one of the toughest in the American League.
White Sox 6, Yankees 5
At New York, Greg Hibbard recovered from a four-run third inning to combine with three relievers on a five-hitter and Scott Fletcher had four hits to help Chicago run its record to 5-0. Hibbard, 2-0, worked until the eighth and Bobby Thigpen grabbed his third save. New York reliever Greg Cadaret fell to 0-2.
Orioles 7, Brewers 2
At Milwaukee, Glenn Davis hit his first American League homer, Cal Ripken had a two-run homer and Sam Horn added a grand slam to lead Baltimore in the Brewers' home opener. Jose Mesa, 1-1, allowed two runs on six hits over 5 1-3 innings and Mark Williamson recorded his first save. Milwaukee starter Chris Bosio fell to 1-1.
Blue Jays 4, Tigers 3
At Detroit, Todd Stottlemyre scattered four hits through six innings and Kelly Gruber homered and singled for Toronto. Stottlemyre, 1-0, struck out eight and walked five and Duane Ward came on in the ninth for his first save. Detroit starter Walt Terrell, 0-2, took the loss.
Athletics 5, Angels 2
At Anaheim, Calif., Jose Canseco belted a three-run homer with two out in the seventh inning to power Oakland to its fifth straight win. Bob Welch, 1-1, pitched eight innings before Dennis Eckersley came on in the ninth to pick up his third save. Kirk McCaskill, 1-1, was the loser.
Mariners 8, Twins 4
At Seattle, Edgar Martinez hit a three-run homer and Randy Johnson scattered seven hits to lead the Mariners to their first win of the season. Martinez staked Johnson, 1-1, to a 3-0 lead with his first-inning homer off Allan Anderson, 1-1. Johnson struck out six and walked four in his first complete game.
Mets 9, Pirates 3
It wasn't Howard Johnson's thunder that sparked the New York Mets to victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rather, it was another succession of little hits that have keyed the Mets through the first week of the season.
The Mets cashed in on two leadoff walks and a throwing error by Pittsburgh reliever Bob Kipper on the way to a six-run ninth inning, cruising to a 9-3 victory over the Pirates.
Lost in the commotion of the six-run ninth was Johnson's second-inning blast that became only the eighth homer to reach the upper deck since Three Rivers Stadium opened July 16, 1970.
Cardinals 5, Expos 4
At Montreal, Tom Pagnozzi hit a sacrifice fly and Pedro Guerrero belted his second home run to highlight a three-run ninth inning as St. Louis spoiled the Expos' home opener. Tim Burke, 1-1, gave up all three runs in the ninth as Cris Carpenter, 1-0, recorded the victory.
Astros 3, Braves 1
At Atlanta, rookie Jeff Bagwell belted his first major-league home run, a two-run shot with two out in the ninth inning, to lift the Astros. With two out, Ken Caminiti singled off Kent Mercker, 0-1, and Bagwell ripped a 1-2 pitch over the left-field fence. Al Osuna, 1-0, earned the victory.
Cubs 5, Phillies 4
At Chicago, Greg Maddux gave up three hits over seven innings and rookie Gary Scott hit a tie-breaking RBI single to lead the Cubs. Maddux, 2-0, struck out eight and walked three and Dave Smith recorded his third save despite allowing a leadoff home run to Dale Murphy. Jason Grimsley, 0-1, was the loser.
Dodgers 2, Giants 1
At San Francisco, Tim Belcher allowed five singles over 6 2-3 innings and Kal Daniels and Jeff Hamilton each had an RBI single to lead the Dodgers. Belcher, 2-0, pitched out of two bases-loaded jams to earn the victory and Jay Howell recorded his first save. Bud Black, 0-2, took the loss.
Padres 3, Reds 2 (11 innings)
At San Diego, Shawn Abner scored on Ted Power's second wild pitch of the 11th inning to lift the Padres to their fourth straight win. Abner led off the 11th with a single off Power, 1-1, was sacrificed to second by Mike Maddux and went to third on a wild pitch. Power then bounced another pitch past catcher Jeff Reed and Abner scored standing up. That gave the win to Maddux, 2-0.