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Bosox raise banner, lose to Brewers...Braves beat Nats

UNDATED (AP) - It was a day of celebration at Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox unveiled their third World Series banner since 2004. But the afternoon was tarnished by a Boston bullpen that hadn't allowed a run until Friday.

     Reliever Edward Mujica surrendered four runs in the ninth inning as the Bosox absorbed a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee. Lyle Overbay lined a two-run double to snap a 2-2 tie before Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez followed with RBI singles.

     Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer for the Brewers, while Will Middlebrooks did likewise for the Red Sox.

     Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs were beaten as they celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. Chase Utley and John Mayberry Jr. smacked two-run homers and Roberto Hernandez worked into the sixth inning of Philadelphia's 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs. Dominic Brown drove in two runs to support Hernandez, who allowed two runs and three hits over 5 1/3 innings before the Phillies' bullpen tossed hitless ball the rest of the way.

     Elsewhere around the majors:

     - Pittsburgh hammered St. Louis 12-2 as Pedro Alvarez homered twice and scored three runs. Gerrit Cole (1-0) gave up two runs in seven innings in his first start since losing the deciding Game 5 of the NLDS to the Cardinals last fall.

     - San Francisco roughed up Hyun-Jin Ryu for eight runs and eight hits in just two innings while building an 8-0 lead in an 8-4 romp over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was scratched after showing up late for batting practice.

     - Charlie Blackmon tied a Colorado record by collecting six hits, going 6-for-6 with a two-run homer, five RBIs and four runs scored in a 12-2 pounding of Arizona in the Rockies' home opener. Carlos Gonzalez also belted a two-run homer and had four RBIs to support Juan Nicasio, who held the Diamondbacks to a run and four hits in seven innings.

     - Chris Johnson hit a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves benefited from an overturned call to beat the Nationals 2-1 in Washington. Ian Desmond's inside-the-park home run was switched to a ground-rule double after a five-minute delay because Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez requested the review.

     - The New York Mets have their first victory after Lucas Duda smacked a pair of two-run homers to beat Cincinnati 4-3. Jenrry Mejia held the Reds to one run and four hits while striking out a career-high eight in six innings.

     - Giancarlo Stanton hit a long home run and Adeiny Hechavarria had a career-high four hits as Miami clobbered San Diego 8-2. Jarrod Saltalamacchia added three hits and two RBIs for the 4-1 Marlins.

     - Masahiro Tanaka won his major league debut by yielding two earned runs and six hits while striking out eight in six innings of the New York Yankees' 7-3 win at Toronto. Yangervis Solarte had three RBIs to back Tanaka, who gave up a homer to Melby Cabrera on his third pitch.

     - Sean Rodriguez homered and tied a career-high with four RBIs in Tampa Bay's 8-1 laugher against Texas. Jake Odorizzi allowed three hits in six innings for his first major league win.

     - Homers by Miguel Cabrera, Rajai Davis and Torii Hunter powered Detroit past Baltimore 10-4. Cabrera singled three times before his two-run blast in the eighth made him the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before turning 31.

     - Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs as Cleveland whipped Minnesota 7-2. Yan Gomes hit a solo homer and Michael Brantley added an RBI single for the Indians, who trailed 2-0 in the sixth.

     - Alex Gordon hit a three-run double in the first inning to put Kansas City ahead to stay in a 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox. Lorenzo Cain added a two-run single, and Nori Aoki and Omar Infante each had three of the Royals' 13 hits.

     - The Los Angeles Angels ripped Houston 11-1 behind homers from Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun. Garrett Richards picked up the Angels' first win of the season, giving up a run and three hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.

     - Seattle's game in Oakland was postponed because of a water-logged field. No makeup date has been announced.


     New deal for All-Star second baseman

     CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians have signed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension with a club option for 2020. Kipnis is the latest core player to be locked up by the Indians, who reached deals with outfielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes during spring training.

     The 27-year-old Kipnis hit .284 with 17 homers and team highs of 84 RBIs, 30 steals and 86 runs in 149 games last season.

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