BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox ended their worst losing streak to start a season since World War II as Dustin Pedroia homered and drove in three runs to lift Boston to a 9-6 win over the New York Yankees in the 100th home opener at Fenway Park on Friday.
With a full house cheering from the pregame player introductions, the Red Sox pounded 12 hits, three by Pedroia. They started the season on the road by going 0-6 for the first time since beginning the 1945 season at 0-8.
They had been a popular preseason choice to reach the World Series after adding Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to support what seemed like a strong rotation. But the struggles of the starters continued when John Lackey (1-1) gave up six runs in five innings.
He still got the win when Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s run-scoring double broke a 6-6 tie in the fifth.
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