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Red Sox Beat Yankees 9-6 For First Win Of Season

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 8: Dustin Pedroia # 15 of the Boston Red Sox is safe as catcher Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees is late with the tag in the second inning on Opening Day at Fenway Park on April 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 8: Dustin Pedroia # 15 of the Boston Red Sox is safe as catcher Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees is late with the tag in the second inning on Opening Day at Fenway Park on April 8, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox

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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