smacked a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and
hit a dramatic three-run blast two outs later as the
rallied for a stunning 6-4 victory over the
Piniella appeared headed to another loss against
, who pitched seven innings and left with a 4-1 lead.
breezed through the eighth for Boston, but
failed to retire any of the three hitters he faced in the ninth.
led off with a single and Shumpert, signed Saturday after he was released by the
Los Angeles Dodgers
, lined a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to make it 4-3.
"I was just trying to get on base," Shumpert said. "I knew if I got on, I would bring the tying run to the plate. I didn't think he wanted to walk me, and he threw me a fastball at 1-0. I was looking for it and put a good swing on it."
manager Grady Little summoned
(0-1), who struck out
on a forceout and threw two quick strikes to Crawford. But the veteran of 64 major league games fouled off four pitches and took a ball before depositing Fox's next offering in the right field seats.
"I was just trying to find a pitch to fight off so I could get a good pitch to hit," Crawford said. "He threw me something I could handle and I took a good swing at it. I didn't think it was going to get out, that's why I was running hard out of the box. Then I looked up and saw it got out."
When it did, Crawford pumped his fist four times while rounding first base.
It was his third career home run and may have produced the biggest moment in the short history of the
, who improved to 4-2 on Opening Day.
"It was a heck of a ballgame, it was a great day," said Piniella, who left the
and took over a team that lost 106 games last season. "I'm really proud of our kids. This is great for our organization. This is as good as it gets."
The rally made a winner of
(1-0), who struck out three and walked two in two scoreless innings in his major league debut.
It was a disheartening loss for Boston, which allowed
to leave via free agency and opted to rotate a handful of veterans in the closer's role.
"No, it didn't work tonight in our favor, but it will many times in the future," Little said. "I think our philosophy is important to me and important to our ballclub. This was going to happen sooner or later and it happened to happen on Opening Night. It will work in our favor more often than not."
Boston wasted a stellar effort by Martinez, who gave up an unearned run and three hits with a walk and six strikeouts in his sixth straight Opening Day assignment. A year ago, he surrendered eight runs and nine hits in three innings in a season-opening loss to Toronto.
"I just go out there and try to give our team an opportunity to win, and it slipped out of my hands," Martinez said. "Last year, the guys picked me up with the bats. There is nothing I can do, really."
"Pedro was outstanding," Little said. "He gave us exactly what we expected, getting us deep into the ballgame and left the game, leading, 4-1."
The subject of persistent offseason trade rumors,
capped a three-run first inning with a two-run double and added an RBI groundout in the fifth to make it 4-0. But Hillenbrand's throwing error from third base allowed
to score Tampa Bay's first run in the seventh.
also went seven innings and yielded four runs - just one earned - and eight hits.