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Overbay gets bit of revenge in Brewers' 6-2 win over Sox
Boston's Grady Sizemore is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the second inning at Fenway Park on Friday. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
And that was way back in February and March.
“The whole spring training they came together. As a team they were jelling,” Overbay said of the defending World Series champions, who cut him late in spring training before he signed with the New York Yankees. “When I was with the Yankees, I was like, ‘These guys are the team to beat,’ just the way they go about their business, and it was from Day One in spring training.”
Long after spending an hour in the dugout before the game watching as Boston and its fans celebrated the 2013 World Series championship with a lavish party and ring ceremony Friday, Overbay delivered a tie-breaking, two-run double in the ninth inning to lead the Brewers to a 6-2 win over the Red Sox, spoiling the 103rd home opener in Fenway Park history.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and catcher Jonathan Lucroy had a home run and double as the Brewers scored more runs than they had in their first three games combined.
After Boston’s Burke Badenhop tossed two scoreless innings of relief, Edward Mujica (0-1) came on to start the ninth and surrendered a leadoff double to left fielder Khris Davis, who moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Scooter Gennett. Overbay then looped a double down the right-field line, and Gomez and third baseman Aramis Ramirez added RBI singles.
“They came out swinging against Mujica,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “At the same time, Edward’s had a lot of success against that lineup, mislocated a couple of balls and he paid for it.”
Third baseman Will Middlebrooks homered for the Red Sox.
The game began with Boston starter Jake Peavy being hit hard.
Lucroy led off the second with a solo shot that cleared the Green Monster in left field, and Gomez made it 2-0 with an RBI single.
Middlebrooks tied it with one out in the third, belting a first-pitch fastball from Brewers starter Marco Estrada into the seats above the Monster.
Brewers right-hander Brandon Kintzler (1-0) picked up the win with one inning of scoreless relief.
“When your team comes in and plays well any time — today was great — but any time, I think it’s a big plus.”