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Sale leads Red Sox to 70th victory, 9-1 over Tigers

Sale leads Red Sox to 70th victory, 9-1 over Tigers

DETROIT -- Chris Sale is drawing comparisons from his manager to another dominant left-hander.

"He's reminding me a lot of Randy - Randy Johnson," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "The thing with Randy, it looked like he was always grinding. With (Sale) it looks effortless right now."

Sale struck out nine in six scoreless innings, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer to lift the Red Sox to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Sale allowed two hits, lowered his ERA to an American League-best 2.13 and won his sixth straight decision.

The Red Sox are 19-4 in their last 23 games, and the AL East leaders cruised through the finale of this series after scoring just one run in the previous twonights at Detroit.

Blaine Hardy (3-3) allowed four runs and five hits in three-plus innings. Jeimer Candelario homered for the Tigers in the seventh.

Sale (11-4) has won each of his last five starts, allowing one run in 33 innings in that span. He had gone five straight starts with at least 11 strikeouts - and only one walk in each - but that streak came to an end when he was lifted Sunday after 99 pitches.

"I feel good. I feel like a broken record sometimes, but we scored nine runs today?" Sale said. "You get a padded lead like that, you can kind of dig in and just try to find a groove and keep going."

Boston scored twice in the second on RBI groundouts by Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez, then the Red Sox broke the game open in the fourth.

With men on second and third and nobody out, Devers hit a grounder to first baseman John Hicks, who immediately threw home - only to have Steve Pearce, the Boston runner at third, stay put. Devers reached on that fielder's choice, loading the bases.

"That's an instinct play, and you know the situation. We've got our backup catcher playing first base," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He needs to look around and figure out what's happening before he makes that throw, but he feels like the runner is going to go on that ball."

Drew VerHagen came on to relieve Hardy, and Nunez greeted him with an RBI single off the glove of Candelario, the third baseman. Xander Bogaerts, the runner on second, held up when he made it to third, but Devers - who had started the play on first - nearly reached third himself before stopping because Bogaerts was still there. Devers was tagged out .

The Red Sox weren't hurt much by that baserunning mishap. Bradley followed with his seventh homer of the year, giving Boston a 6-0 lead.

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run triple in the seventh, and J.D. Martinez added a sacrifice fly.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain.


Candelario was impressive even in the lopsided defeat. He battled Sale through 21 pitches in two plate appearances, finally grounding out to third both times.

His homer came off reliever Brandon Workman.

"He was a pain," Sale said. "Put good at-bats together, and obviously later in the game ran into one. I don't know what I was doing or what he was doing, but I need to figure something out."


Red Sox: 2B Brock Holt sat out a second straight game after exiting Friday night with a bruised knee.


Boston heads to Baltimore for a three-game series. Rick Porcello (11-4) takes the mound for the Red Sox on Monday night against Kevin Gausman (4-7).

The Tigers travel for a three-game set at Kansas City. Detroit's Francisco Liriano (3-5) starts the opener Monday night against Heath Fillmyer (0-1).


Rough debut for Jalen Beeks as Tigers roll past Red Sox, 7-2

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Rough debut for Jalen Beeks as Tigers roll past Red Sox, 7-2

BOSTON -- Detroit had trouble containing Boston's offense during the first two games of their series. The Tigers took advantage of a first-time starter to find some of their own.

Leonys Martin had a two-run homer to cap a five-run first inning and the Tigers beat the Red Sox 7-2 on Thursday night.

Detroit's victory ended a four-game win streak for Boston, which had outscored the Tigers 13-1 in the first two games of the series.


Detroit's early onslaught spoiled the major-league debut of 24-year-old left-hander Jalen Beeks (0-1), who had a night to forget after having been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-4) was solid in his third career start against Boston, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up a solo home run to Andrew Benintendi and had three wild pitches, but they were just blips during a quiet offensive night for Boston. The Tigers have won five of Boyd's last six starts.

"We needed him to get into the second half of the game and he did a nice job," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That's a great lineup over there. He had to battle through."

Martin also had a triple and scored twice.

"Getting a five-run first, we actually walked more people than we wanted to early on but ... we want to be aggressive," Tigers catcher John Hicks said. "If you're going to beat us, you're going to have to drive in seven runs."

Trailing late, Boston loaded the bases with one out in the eighth on reliever Joe Jimenez, but he struck out Sam Travis and Rafael Devers to end the threat.

Beeks struck out the first batter of the night but ended his first big league inning by giving up five runs on four hits, to put Detroit in front. That is the most earned runs given up by a Red Sox starter in his first career inning pitched, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

For the night, Beeks gave up six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts before being pulled after four innings.

"Disappointing. Obviously not how you want to come out," Beeks said.

After a whirlwind 24 hours that included him quickly making arrangements for more than a dozen family members to be in attendance, his debut was short on highlights.

Nicholas Castellanos got Detroit going in the first when he doubled off the Green Monster. Beeks walked Miguel Cabrera but Castellanos was able to tag and advance to third when Victor Martinez popped out to right.

Jeimer Candelario then ripped an RBI double down the left field line. Hicks kept the rally going with a two-run single. Martin then made it 5-0 with his blast over the Green Monster. The inning finally came to an end when Beeks got Jose Iglesias to pop out on the infield.



Red Sox: J.D. Martinez was pulled after the seventh inning because of back tightness. Manager Alex Cora said it wasn't as bad as in the Houston series and was done for precautionary reasons. ... RF Mookie Betts (abdominal strain) participated in batting practice before Thursday's game. "Taking steps in the right direction," Betts said. "You don't want to rush it, because then you'll be out for a long time. I'm gonna take things slow and continue to progress. ... Jackie Bradley Jr. had a scheduled day off on Thursday. Manager Alex Cora said Bradley did not have any lingering issues after twice being hit by a pitch during Wednesday's win over the Tigers.


Thursday marked the 19th multi-hit game of 2018 for Martin and his fourth with multiple extra-base hits.


Benintendi has now homered in four of his last five games. He is the first Red Sox player other than Betts to hit a leadoff home run since Brock Holt on July 13, 2014.


Both teams had a pair of highlight-worthy defensive plays.

Devers denied Castellanos an extra-base hit in the second inning when he dove to snare his hard-hit line drive down the third base line.

Then with the Red Sox threatening in the seventh with a runner on second, shortstop Iglesias returned the favor by knocking down Benintendi's sharply hit ground ball and getting up to throw him out.


Tigers: Right-hander Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.73 ERA) is set to start Friday as Detroit returns home to begin a three-game series with Cleveland.

Red Sox: Left-hander Chris Sale (5-3, 3.00) gets the start for Boston when it begins its three-game series with the White Sox at Fenway on Friday. Sale has won four straight decisions and ranks second in the American League with 110 strikeouts.



Benintendi, Vazquez homer; Red Sox cruise past Tigers, 7-1

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Benintendi, Vazquez homer; Red Sox cruise past Tigers, 7-1

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are starting to make a victory look nearly automatic when Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound.

Andrew Benintendi and Christian Vazquez each hit a solo homer and had an RBI double to back another strong start by Rodriguez, carrying the Red Sox to a 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Xander Bogaerts added a two-run double during a four-run third inning for the Red Sox, who won their fourth straight game and improved their major league-best record to 43-19.

Boston is now 11-1 in his starts this season.

"I like it, I love it, the way they've been hitting every time I go out there," he said. "I just tried to keep the game (close) where they could score runs because I know it's going to happen."

Rodriguez (7-1) gave up one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk, improving to 4-1 in his last five starts with a 2.14 ERA.

"Like I said before the game: The stuff is there, now I know why everybody was excited about this guy," Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Miguel Cabrera and JaCoby Jones each had two hits for Detroit, which has lost four of five. The Tigers have dropped 13 of their last 17 on the road.

Trailing 1-0, Boston took charge with its four-run inning against Blaine Hardy (2-1). Vazquez hit his double of the left-field wall. Benintendi and Bogaerts also hit theirs off the Green Monster.

"You make a mistake, they'll jump you and they put it out of the ballpark or off that doggone wall," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We knew that coming in here - they're a great hitting team and when you make mistakes they're going to jump you for it."

Benintendi homered into Boston's bullpen leading off the fifth. Vazquez hit his into the Monster seats in the seventh.

Hardy allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings.

"Even when you make your pitches, they find a way to get runners on and keep that merry-go-round going," he said. "That third inning was really what cost me."

The game was delayed briefly in the seventh inning with Detroit batting when fans were using their cell phone lights. Red Sox security asked the fans in the center-field bleachers to stop using the phones as flash lights, and play resumed.

"You ever tried to hit with a light like that in your face? It's not supposed to happen," Gardenhire said. "The umpires should have, in my opinion, stopped it right away. They see it happen - it's right in dead center field.

"The fans are just having fun. I get it. But when it's in dead center field, my hitters are looking right into it. It's dangerous. It's very dangerous, if you've ever been trying to hit with a light in your face. So, we just couldn't let that happen."


Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman (right shoulder impingement) gave up one run on three hits, striking out five and walking two over 4 1/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

Red Sox: Cora said OF Mookie Betts (10-day disabled list, left abdominal strain) plans to take batting practice Thursday and then the club would "decide where we go" if he needs a rehab assignment. . The manager also said that 2B Dustin Pedroia (inflammation left knee) will "most likely" resume baseball activities Thursday. He had offseason knee surgery and didn't return until late May.

"It takes some time," Pedroia said. "It's a part of it. The knee's got to get used to what baseball demand it needs. The good news is the part I had surgery on is perfect."


Benintendi had his solid game on his "Splash Bobblehead" giveaway night. The bobblehead is him holding a cooler to douse a teammate after a walkoff.


Red Sox left-hander Jalen Beeks is scheduled to make his major-league debut Thursday, starting the series finale.

The 24-year-old found out in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game with Triple-A Pawtucket.

"My pitching coach came into the training room and told me I was going to the big leagues and making a start on Thursday," he said. "It was a special moment."

Beeks said he expects his wife, two kids and "I'm guessing like 15 others" to be in the stands, but is leaving the rest of the guest list for his wife to handle.


The Tigers had their streak with at least one double in 53 straight games halted. It was the most in team history and third longest in the majors since at least 1908.


Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd (3-4, 3,23 ERA) is slated to start Thursday. He's 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in two career starts against Boston.

Red Sox: Beeks allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 10 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket.