Attendance at Wednesday's Orioles-Red Sox game at Fenway Park was 30,862, ending the longest home sellout streak in North American major pro sports history at 820 games.
BOSTON — Most of the seats at Fenway Park were empty late on a rainy night when the Boston Red Sox’s home sellout streak of nearly 10 years finally ended.
Manny Machado ruined it for the fans who remained.
His three-run homer off closer Joel Hanrahan capped a five-run ninth inning and gave the Baltimore Orioles an 8-5 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night.
The official attendance was 30,862, ending the longest home sellout streak in North American major pro sports history at 820 games. The capacity for night games at Fenway is 37,493.
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The streak began in May 2003 and includes the postseason. The previous record was 814 by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers from 1977 to 1995.
The Red Sox’s streak of 794 regular-season sellouts also is the longest in major pro sports history. The previous baseball mark was 455, by the Cleveland Indians from 1995 to 2001.
“The streak is a reflection of a phenomenal period of baseball in Boston and of America’s greatest ballpark,” Red Sox owner John W. Henry said in a statement.
The sellout streak began on May 15, 2003, when the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 12-3 as Pedro Martinez pitched six scoreless innings before 32,485 fans. Seating capacity was expanded after that and the streak continued through Monday’s home opener, a 3-1 win over the Orioles before 37,008.
Average attendance during the streak was 36,605.
Goat’s head sent
to Wrigley Field
CHICAGO — Goats that previously appeared at Chicago’s Wrigley Field were alive and kicking.
But not Wednesday, when a goat’s head was left in a box outside the home of the Cubs. The box was addressed to team chairman Tom Ricketts, who is negotiating with city officials and neighborhood businesses on a $300 million renovation of the ballpark.
Cubs spokesman Julian Green says staff at Wrigley Field discovered the package and immediately called police.
Chicago legend says a restaurant owner cursed the Cubs when they wouldn’t let his pet goat into Wrigley Field. Decades of losing teams followed.
Zito, Giants extend
SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco beat Colorado 10-0, giving left-hander Barry Zito victories in 11 consecutive decisions, including last year’s postseason. San Francisco has won 16 straight games he has started, the longest such run by a Giants pitcher since 16 in a row by Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell for New York in 1936.
Zito hasn’t lost since Aug. 2 against the Mets. He has thrown 14 scoreless innings in two starts this year.
“You can’t have more confidence out there than what Barry has right now,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Zito also singled twice for his first career multi-hit game, prompting fans to chant “Barry! Barry!” Zito is hitting .750 this season after finishing last year at .075.
• Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan ended weeks of speculation about his future with the Texas Rangers, announcing that he will remain as chief executive officer.
• Miami’s crowd of 13,810 was the smallest since its new ballpark opened last year. The 1-8 Marlins have scored just 16 runs in nine games.
• Mets C John Buck hit his fifth homer of the season. The Mets had five homers last season from all their catchers — Josh Thole (one), Kelly Shoppach (three) and Mike Nickeas (one).
• Closer Mariano Rivera, who is retiring after this season, met with 25 Indians ushers, ticket salespersons, custodians and others in his final trip to Cleveland with the Yankees. One of those he met was John Adams, who has kept up a drumbeat in the outfield at Indians games for 40 years.