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April 16, 2013

Sox walk-off win marred by explosion at marathon

BOSTON — The Red Sox and Rays were making their ways out of Fenway Park when two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon were heard at the stadium.

The Red Sox beat the Rays 3-2 on an RBI double by Mike Napoli in the ninth inning yesterday in Boston’s traditional Patriots Day morning game.

The game began at 11:05 a.m. and ended at about 10 minutes after 2 p.m. A little less than an hour after that, about a mile away, the explosions from Copley Square could be heard by those in and around Fenway — but not in the clubhouses where the teams were getting ready to leave.

The players seemed unaware of the explosions as they were interviewed by reporters. In the Red Sox room, they dressed in suits and ties for their trip to Cleveland, where they’re scheduled to start a three-game series against the Indians tonight.

A team spokesman sent a text message saying the team had reached the airport.

The game sent the Red Sox fans home happy.

With the scored tied at 2, Napoli drove a line-drive double off the left-field wall in the ninth inning that scored Dustin Pedroia from first with the winning run.

“I was a little out front but I was able to keep my hands back,” Napoli said. “My body went a little forward (and) I just kind of flicked my wrist at it.”

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whose solo homer in the fifth had given Boston a 2-1 lead, had a good view from the on-deck circle.

“It was awesome, a strong man to be able to hit a ball one-handed out in front like that and just hit it off the top of the wall,” he said, “but it’s huge, a guy with that much power, it’s a threat and it’s nice to have that in our lineup.”

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