Daniel Nava etched his name in Red Sox lore during an emotional day at Fenway Park. In his team's first home game since the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox outfielder hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.

"Boston, this is for you," NESN announcer Don Orsillo said as the ball made its way over the right-field fence.

With Kansas City leading, 2-1, Nava came to the plate. Baserunners were at first and third when Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera left an 88-mph changeup hanging over the plate. In front of 35,152 Red Sox fans, along with Boston police, first responders, marathon runners and volunteers, Nava crushed the ball to deep right right.

Andrew Bailey gave up a homer in the ninth but closed out the game, sealing a 4-3 win for the Red Sox.

In a game that started with an emotional pre-game ceremony and a strong (and profane) statement from David Ortiz, Nava provided yet another inspirational moment not just in baseball but in all of sports.


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  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Members of law enforcement react during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    A Boston Red Sox cap decorates a makeshift memorial April 20, 2013 on Boylston Street, near the scene of Boston Marathon explosions as people get back to the normal life the morning after after the capture of the second of two suspects wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings. Thousands of heavily armed police staged an intense manhunt Friday for a Chechen teenager suspected in the Boston marathon bombings with his brother, who was killed in a shootout. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, defied the massive force after his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan was shot and suffered critical injuries from explosives believed to have been strapped to his body. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Police and National Guard soldiers stand outside Fenway Park before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    A vendor stands sells souvenirs outside Fenway Park before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Fans pass through security before entering Fenway Park for a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    A vendor stands sells souvenirs outside Fenway Park before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Fans pass through security before entering Fenway Park for a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox takes batting practice before a game the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Adam Comeau, 17, hold a U.S. flag as he waits in line to enter Fenway Park before the start of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox, the first game held in the city following the Boston Marathon explosions, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, late Friday, after a wild car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Members of law enforcement react during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: A man holds an American flag during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: A woman sheds a tear during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: A ribbon is displayed as a symbol of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Members of law enforcement react during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: A woman sheds a tear during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: The Kansas City Royals stand on the third base could line during the National Anthem during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: Members of the Boston Red Sox throw beneath a Boston Strong, in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, before a game the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: The Kansas City Royals stand on the third base could line during the National Anthem during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox poses with a Boston Strong sign, which honors the Marathon bombing victims, before a game the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox speaks during a pre-game ceremony in honor of the bombings of Marathon Monday before a game at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox and Will Middlebrooks #16 of the Boston Red Sox shake hands Matt Paterson, who aided victims, and Steven Byrne, who was among the injured, during a pre-game ceremony in honor of the bombings of Marathon Monday before a game at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: The Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals stand along the base paths during a pre-game ceremony in honor of the bombings of Marathon Monday before a game at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox speaks during a pre-game ceremony in honor of the bombings of Marathon Monday before a game at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: The Red Sox applaud members of law enforcement during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: The Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals stand along the base paths during a pre-game ceremony in honor of the bombings of Marathon Monday before a game at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA - APRIL 20: The Red Sox applaud members of law enforcement during pre-game ceremonies in honor of the Marathon bombing victims before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Fans, accompanied by the stadium organist, sing the national anthem before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    A fan cheers during a tribute to first responders to the Boston Marathon bombing before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Scenes from the Boston Marathon bombings is displayed on an outfield screen before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Police officers stand near statues of fromer Boston Red Sox greats, from left, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox, the first game held in the city following the Boston Marathon explosions, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, late Friday, after a wild car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Police officers stand near statues of fromer Boston Red Sox greats, from left, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox, the first game held in the city following the Boston Marathon explosions, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, late Friday, after a wild car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Boston Returns To Fenway Park

    Police officers stand near statues of former Boston Red Sox greats, from left, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Boston Red Sox, the first game held in the city following the Boston Marathon explosions, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. Police captured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, late Friday, after a wild car chase and gun battle earlier in the day left his older brother dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)