Adley Rutschman made history by becoming the first catcher in MLB history to get five hits on opening day, as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox 10-9 in a tumultuous ninth inning. On a chilly day at Fenway Park, with the temperature at 38 degrees at first pitch, Rutschman homered in his first at-bat and finished with five hits, four RBIs, and a walk. Orioles’ Ramon Urias contributed a two-run homer, while starting pitcher Kyle Gibson earned his first opening-day victory since 2021 by allowing four runs and six hits over five-plus innings. Despite the Orioles leading 10-7 in the ninth inning, the Red Sox capitalised on errors by center fielder Cedric Mullins and shortstop Jorge Mateo, and nearly equalised the score, but closer Félix Bautista shut down the Red Sox by striking out Adam Duvall on three pitches. The win was a first for Orioles manager Adley Rutschman and a disappointing start for the Red Sox’s manager Alex Cora.

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