Adley Rutschman became the first catcher in major league history with five hits on Opening Day, and the Baltimore Orioles survived a wild ninth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 10-9 on Thursday.
Rutsman played in his first season opener after playing as a rookie for the Orioles the previous year, drove in his first at-bat and finished 5-for-5 with a career-best four RBIs and a home run at Fenway Park. Took a walk on a chilly day. Temperature of 38 degrees on the first throw.
Ratshman is the first player to go 5-for-5 or better with at least 4 RBI on Opening Day, according to Fox Sports Research. He is only the third player, joining Hall of Famers Billy Herman and Babe Ruth, to go 5-for-5 and have multiple RBIs on Opening Day.
Ratshman, no. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft and the former top overall prospect in baseball, was one of six Baltimore players to make their first Opening Day appearances.
Thanks to his first inning, the 25-year-old became the youngest Oriole to homer on Opening Day since Adam Jones in 2010 and the youngest Oriole to do so in his first Opening Day debut since Cal Ripken Jr. Went. In 1984. Ratschmann is also now the youngest Oriole catcher to have five hits in a game.
Adele Rutsman of the Orioles leaves the yard on his first swing of the season
Ramon Urias hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, finishing with 15 hits, nine walks, and five stolen bases.
Kyle Gibson allowed four runs and six hits over five innings to earn his first Opening Day win since his 2021 All-Star season with the Texas Rangers. Gibson gave up an RBI groundout in the first inning before retiring nine Red Sox hitters.
The Orioles nearly put the game away in the ninth.
With Baltimore leading 10–7, Felix Bautista walked pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia. Alex Verdugo followed with a single and moved to second base on an error by midfielder Cedric Mullins.
Rafael Devers is out. Justin Turner moved to third on an infield single, when Urias’ throw went wide and Tapia scored. Masataka Yoshida grounded out to shortstop Jorge Mateo, who moved to second to force out but threw wildly for first, allowing Verdugo to score.
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Bautista ended it all by knocking out Adam Duvall on three pitches and got the save.
The Orioles scored four runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth to take an 8–2 lead. Baltimore led 10–4 before Brian Baker drove in three runs in the eighth to give the Red Sox some hope.
Boston off-season signing and two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber struggled in his Fenway debut, allowing five runs on six hits and four runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Alex Cora fell 0–5 in the first day’s play as Boston manager.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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