Instant analysis of the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day

Baltimore Sun reporters and editors give their thoughts on the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day at Camden Yards.

Eduardo A. Encina, reporter: With all the anticipation and buzz thats comes with Opening Day, the beginning of the 2014 season played out perfectly for the Orioles. Nelson Cruz gave his new team the big hit, the bullpen tossed four scoreless innings, and Tommy Hunter passed his first test as the new closer. 

Dan Connolly, reporter: It’s hard to script it much better. The Orioles win, 2-1, get a homer from newcomer Nelson Cruz, a win by roster bubble guy Zach Britton and a save from new closer Tommy Hunter. Excellent game, and it worked out perfectly for the home fans, who sold out Camden Yards for the 23rd consecutive opener.

Peter Schmuck, columnist: The Orioles open with a very tense one-run win, outlasting former Oriole-killer Jon Lester and dispatching the defending world champions. The Orioles are 7-1 in the games Lester has started since the start of the 2012 season.

Childs Walker, reporter: The Orioles are a power team, and power bailed them out on Opening Day against the Red Sox. They didn't hit many balls hard against Boston ace Jon Lester, but one big fly by new left fielder Nelson Cruz was enough. The Orioles paid $8 million for Cruz to do just that. If they're to make a playoff push this year, the home run shall carry them.

Dean Jones Jr., Orioles/baseball editor: The Orioles' $8 million investment in Nelson Cruz this offseason immediately paid off on Opening Day after his go-ahead home run in the seventh inning. Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman labored through five innings, but he continued to make clutch pitches to escape jams.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: A classic Opening Day win for the Orioles. Beautiful weather, huge crowd, go-ahead home run by the big free-agent signing and a game that came down to the last pitch. Thanks for keeping it exciting Tommy Hunter.

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