DETROIT - Rookie JaCoby Jones capped a wild eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk against reliever Joe Kelly, and the Detroit Tigers outlasted the Red Sox 6-5 on Friday to win their home opener and hand Boston its first loss of the season.
The Tigers blew a 4-0 lead in the top of the eighth, when Pablo Sandoval gave the Red Sox the lead with a three-run, opposite field homer off reliever Francisco Rodriguez. But what the Detroit bullpen had squandered, the Boston relievers quickly gave back.
Heath Hembree (0-1) walked two batters, and pinch-hitter Mikie Mahtook followed with a tying double off Robby Scott. Kelly then allowed consecutive walks to James McCann and Jones, forcing in the final run.
The Red Sox (2-1) put runners on second and third in the ninth against Rodriguez (1-0), but Chris Young popped out to end it.
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David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.
The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.
Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.
"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."
The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.