MLB Wrap: Boston rally caps off emotional day at Fenway

MLB Wrap: Boston rally caps off emotional day at Fenway
April 20, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Red Sox a 4-3 win. (USA Today Images)

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The offense was cold and Cliff Lee was uncharacteristically wild (in Cliff Lee standards) Saturday in a 5-0 loss to the Cardinals (see Instant Replay).

Ben Revere has improved since moving down in the lineup, where Charlie Manuel said he can relax more without the pressure of leading off (see story).

Now, here's a quick recap of Saturday around the majors:

#BostonStrong rallies past Royals
BOSTON -- After honoring the victims and the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox kept on with their best start in 11 years by beating the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, Saturday as David Ortiz played his first game since last summer and Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning.

The Red Sox wore white home jerseys with "Boston" on the front instead of the customary "Red Sox." The shirts will be auctioned off for a fund to support victims of the bombing.

The 37-year-old Ortiz injured his right Achilles tendon running the bases on July 17 and appeared just once in Boston's final 72 games, against the Royals on Aug. 24.

Ortiz was bothered by inflammation in both heels during spring training and didn't play in any exhibition games. He was 2 for 4 in his return, tying the score 1-1 with a sixth-inning RBI single off James Shields (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Harper homers twice, Nats win
NEW YORK -- Bryce Harper launched two long home runs, including a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning, and also doubled Saturday to lead the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets, 7-6.

Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals on Bark in the Park day at Citi Field. Fans paid $35 for tickets in the second deck in right field, and brought their dogs for $10.

After the game, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was being placed on the 15-day disabled list because of persistent tightness in his left hamstring. Zimmerman had an MRI earlier in the day.

Harper, who has a young chocolate Labrador retriever named Swag, hit a two-run homer to right-center in the third. He then hit the first pitch from Josh Edgin (0-1) in the eighth even farther and harder to right-center for his seventh home run (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Yankees still surging with win
TORONTO -- Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup made a two-run throwing error in the 11th inning and the New York Yankees beat Toronto, 5-3, on Saturday for their ninth win in 11 games.

Shawn Kelley (0-1) got two outs in the 10th for the win and Mariano Rivera finished for his fifth save.

Vernon Wells and Francisco Cervelli singled off Loup (1-1) to begin the 11th, and Ichiro Suzuki followed with a bunt to the third base side of the mound that Loup and third basemen Brett Lawrie both charged. Loup fielded it and wheeled to throw to third. But with Lawrie out of position as he retreated back to the bag, the ball sailed into foul territory and down the left field line, allowing both runners to score.

The Blue Jays used a single and a sacrifice to put the winning run in scoring position with one out in the 10th but Kelley came on and got Rajai Davis to pop out, then got Melky Cabrera to ground out (see full recap).

- The Associated Press