Quantcast

Cruz control, former Ranger lifts O's to opening day win - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Cruz control, former Ranger lifts O's to opening day win

Posted: Updated:
Baltimore, Md -

In case it wasn't evident before opening day, we now know why the Baltimore Orioles added another slugger to a team that led the major leagues in home runs last season.

Nelson Cruz celebrated his Orioles debut by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, and Baltimore beat Jon Lester and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox 2-1 Monday.

Signed as a free agent in February, Cruz lined a solo shot into the left field seats to put the Orioles ahead. He hit 27 homers last year with Texas during a season marred by a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug scandal.

Cruz joins a batting order that features Chris Davis, who led the majors in 2013 with 53 homers and 138 RBIs. Davis went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts as the cleanup hitter, but it didn't matter because the guy in the 5-hole picked up the slack.

"It takes some of the pressure off everybody in the lineup knowing that you can pass the baton and the next guy can pick it up," Davis said. "We have to know as hitters going into the game that we can be patient, we can wait for our pitch, knowing that the guy behind us can pick us up."

Cruz, meanwhile, couldn't have been more delighted. Not only did the Orioles provide him with a fresh start, but the fans chanted "Cruuuuuze!" every time his name was announced.

"It was really neat, it was special," he said. "I made the right call to come and be part of this organization, be part of this town."

Cruz wasn't the only player to enjoy a successful start with his new team.

After missing two seasons recovering from knee surgery, Boston center fielder Grady Sizemore marked his return from a 922-day absence with a second-inning single for his first hit since September 2011. The three-time All-Star for Cleveland later hit his first home run since July 15, 2011, which also came at Camden Yards.

"Today was very exciting," Sizemore said. "I couldn't wait to get to the ballpark."

Zach Britton (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief and Tommy Hunter got three outs for the save. Hunter earned the job as closer this spring after the Orioles dealt away Jim Johnson during the offseason.

The Red Sox got two on with one out in the ninth before World Series MVP David Ortiz hit a flyball and Jackie Bradley Jr. took a called third strike.

"It's life in baseball," Hunter said. "You've got to earn everything you get. One-run game to start the season off against the defending world champs."

Starting on the road for the fourth year in a row, the Red Sox got nine hits but stranded 12 and went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

"We had a lot of opportunities, we had a lot of guys on," second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "We just hit the ball right at people. It was one of those deals where we couldn't find a way to push runs across."

Making his fourth straight opening day start for Boston, Lester (0-1) gave up two runs, six hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed one run, seven hits and a walk in five innings. The right-hander went 3-1 against Boston last year, but in this one he needed 104 pitches to get 15 outs.

Britton gave up a one-out double to Xander Bogaerts in the sixth and got three straight outs in the seventh, the only time all day that Boston went down in order.

Evan Meek walked two in the eighth before Brian Matusz retired A.J. Pierzynski on a comebacker.

Gametime temperature was announced at 60 degrees, but a stiff wind chilled many in the crowd of 46,685 — the 23rd consecutive opening day sellout at Camden Yards.

Hopeful that the offseason acquisitions of Cruz and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will enable Baltimore to return to the playoffs after missing out last year, Orioles fans were out in force. Until recently, games against Boston often drew as many Red Sox backers as those rooting for the home team.

"Our crowd was legit," Hunter said. "That was awesome. I hope they come out like that every game for 80 more here."

The Orioles used a walk, a single by Matt Wieters and a double-play grounder to take a 1-0 lead in the second.

The Red Sox put runners at second and third with two outs in the third before Tillman struck out Mike Carp. In the fourth, Sizemore hit a 3-1 pitch over the right-field wall.

  • News NowMore>>

  • Shreveport postal worker admits to stealing DVDs, cash

    Shreveport postal worker admits to stealing DVDs, cash

    Saturday, August 23 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-08-23 11:39:17 GMT
    Federal prosecutors say a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier from Shreveport has pleaded guilty to stealing Netflix DVDs and money.
    Federal prosecutors say a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier from Shreveport has pleaded guilty to stealing Netflix DVDs and money.
  • State: 2 new chikungunya cases, no dengue in Louisiana

    State: 2 new chikungunya cases, no dengue in Louisiana

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:04 AM EDT2014-08-23 09:04:47 GMT
    State health officials report two new cases of chikungunya fever but none of dengue fever in Louisiana.
    State health officials report two new cases of chikungunya fever but none of dengue fever in Louisiana.
  • Shreveport man seriously injured during domestic-related shooting

    Shreveport man seriously injured during domestic-related shooting

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:37 AM EDT2014-08-23 06:37:43 GMT
    A Shreveport man is critically injured early Saturday morning after a visit to his girlfriend's apartment leads to gunfire.
    A Shreveport man is critically injured early Saturday morning after a visit to his girlfriend's apartment leads to gunfire.
  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:24:12 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • SPD Vice operation nets more than a dozen arrests

    SPD Vice operation nets more than a dozen arrests

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:01:06 GMT
    More than a dozen people were arrested following a prostitution sting conducted by the Shreveport Police Department's Vice Unit.
    More than a dozen people were arrested following a prostitution sting conducted by the Shreveport Police Department's Vice Unit.
  • UPDATED: More BACK TO SCHOOL Pictures 2014

    UPDATED: More BACK TO SCHOOL Pictures 2014

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:23:14 GMT
    2014 Back to School cuties ! Still time to send them to in to #KTBSBTS and UShare@ktbs.com
    2014 Back to School cuties ! Still time to send them to in to #KTBSBTS and UShare@ktbs.com
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Caddo's school nutrition program meet standards

    Caddo's school nutrition program meet standards

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:54:22 GMT
    Caddo's nutrition program is meeting tough standards .School leaders met Friday with officials from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
    Caddo's nutrition program is meeting tough standards .School leaders met Friday with officials from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • Caddo Parish school board member withdraws from race

    Caddo Parish school board member withdraws from race

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:40:31 GMT
    A Caddo parish school board member has withdrawn his name from the race and decided not to seek re-election.
    A Caddo parish school board member has withdrawn his name from the race and decided not to seek re-election.
  • Healthy Green and Into the Outdoors: An online discussion about what's on the menu at school

    Healthy Green and Into the Outdoors: An online discussion about what's on the menu at school

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:00:19 GMT
    Our latest KTBS 3 NewsHealthy Green Into the Outdoorsweb forum shines the spotlight on healthy options in schools. 
    Our latest KTBS 3 NewsHealthy Green Into the Outdoorsweb forum shines the spotlight on healthy options in schools. 
  • NationalMore>>

  • GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

    GPS devices find huge water loss in western US

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:25:58 GMT
    A new study finds that 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 5 inches of water.
    About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday.
  • Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

    Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-08-23 13:25:53 GMT
    Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children...
    New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio...
  • Police officer accused of sex assaults on patrol

    Police officer accused of sex assaults on patrol

    Saturday, August 23 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-08-23 12:15:21 GMT
    An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol - picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic...
    An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol - picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops and...
Section is sponsored by:
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Cowboys new man in middle may be a rookie

    Cowboys new man in middle may be a rookie

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:50:49 GMT
    Losing one linebacker for the season was a tough blow for the Cowboys, but losing another forever is another matter entirely.
    Losing one linebacker for the season was a tough blow for the Cowboys, but losing another forever is another matter entirely.
  • Earning their wings; Evangel takes on Neville in scrimmage

    Earning their wings; Evangel takes on Neville in scrimmage

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:04 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:04:04 GMT
    High school football is getting ready to start and it will be a new look for Evangel. The Eagles will be playing up in this year's playoffs to the select side's highest division and they prepared for that with a scrimmage with West Monroe powerhouse Neville.
    High school football is getting ready to start and it will be a new look for Evangel. The Eagles will be playing up in this year's playoffs to the select side's highest division and they prepared for that with a scrimmage with West Monroe powerhouse Neville.
  • NFL fines Manziel $12 K

    NFL fines Manziel $12 K

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:30:24 GMT
    Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.
    Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger.
Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File