Rios' dramatic home run gives the Sox their first win

In the 2nd game of the season in Texas, most were still under the notion that the Sox were a hopelessly overmatched AL Central cellar-dweller trying their darndest to stick with the defending AL Champions.  Despite Jake Peavy getting rocked during the first three innings, the Sox had made it to the 9th stuck in a 3-3 tie when old tormentor Joe Nathan entered the game.

His greeting was Alex Rios turning around a 93 mph fastball just over the wall to the deepest part of the ballpark for a go-ahead run, and eventual win, since Hector Santiago actually closed out a 4-3 win in Texas.  It was unusual sight for two reason--Rios was a menace to society for all of 2011, and he would homer again for another 40 games.

 

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