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Cruz hits go-ahead HR, O's edge Red Sox in opener

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Baltimore's Adam Jones, bottom, collides with Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia after being forced out on a ground ball by Chris Davis in the fourth inning of an opening day game, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Baltimore. AP Photo Baltimore's Adam Jones, bottom, collides with Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia after being forced out on a ground ball by Chris Davis in the fourth inning of an opening day game, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Baltimore. AP Photo
BALTIMORE - Nelson Cruz celebrated his Orioles debut by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and Baltimore beat Jon Lester and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox 2-1 Monday before an appreciative sellout crowd on opening day.

Signed as a free agent in February, Cruz lined a solo shot into the left-field seats to put the Orioles ahead. He hit 27 homers last year with Texas during a season marred by a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug scandal.

After missing two seasons recovering from knee surgery, Boston's Grady Sizemore marked his return from a 922-day absence with a second-inning single. He also hit his first home run since July 15, 2011.

Zach Britton (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief and Tommy Hunter worked the ninth for his first save. Lester (0-1) gave up two runs in seven innings.

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