Sox, Dodgers, Phillies Win Openers

Phillies, too
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 5:24 AM CDT
Chicago Cubs center fielder Jim Edmonds can't come up with a ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Blake DeWitt during eighth-inning baseball action in Game 1 of the NLDS, Oct. 1, 2008, in Chicago.    (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Jason Bay and Manny Ramirez both proved why they’d been acquired last night. Bay hit a two-run shot to give the Red Sox a lead they never relinquished, sending Anaheim to a 4-1 defeat, while the man he was traded for hit a solo shot in the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Cubs. But the Dodgers’ real hero was James Loney, who hit a grand slam in the fifth to erase a 2-run Cubs lead.

Jon Lester was masterful filling in for Josh Beckett; the Angels’ only run came after an error from rookie shortstop Jed Lowrie. Elsewhere, the Phillies got an even more eye-popping outing from Cole Hamels, who allowed just two hits over eight innings while striking out nine in a 3-1 win over the Brewers. The Phillies scored all three runs in a blooper-filled third, that saw Mike Cameron miss an easy fly ball.