Neither the defending-champion Boston Red Sox nor the Cincinnati Reds have been all that impressive to start this season. Boston currently sits in third in the American League East; the Reds are in third in the National League Central. On the mound was Homer Bailey and Felix Doubront, two pitchers who have not turned in the best of performances to begin the season.
The Red Sox jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third, after Mike Napoli drove in two runs, one coming on a ground out to the pitcher Bailey, and the other coming on a bases-loaded walk. That ended the scoring until the eighth inning. Todd Frazier hit a single to left, scoring Joey Votto. The next batter, Ryan Ludwick lofted a fly ball to Shane Victorino, scoring Brandon Phillips on the sacrifice. The Red Sox threatened in the ninth, but were shut down. The fans in Boston were treated to free baseball. Then in the twelfth, the Red Sox took control. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back singles. Then, Grady Sizemore became the hero, singling in Ortiz for the winning run.
Doubront pitched five and one-third innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out and walking three. Bailey pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out and walking five. Grady Sizemore and Dusin Pedroia each had three hits; Sizemore boosted his average to .242 and Pedroia boosted his to .287. Three players on the Reds led the team with two hits.
Red Sox 4, Reds 3 (F/12)