Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Chris Sale wins 7th straight decision as Red Sox top Tigers

Chris Sale wins 7th straight decision as Red Sox top Tigers

He allowed eight hits, four of them in the first inning, and left trailing 3-2 with one out in the fifth.

The Tigers battled back twice against Sale, tying the game the next inning when Nick Castellanos doubled home a run and Cabrera drove in another on a fielder's choice and then after the Red Sox went ahead again on a sacrifice fly, Mikie Mahtook evened the scoring on a jam job single into right-centerfield. He hit a two-run double over Justin Upton's head in leftfield and off the Green Monster for a lead the Red Sox wouldn't relinquish.

Mitch Moreland's tiebreaking, two-run double sparked a three-run seventh inning and Boston added five more in the eighth for its second straight late-inning win over the Tigers. They could get on track with a win over the struggling Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.

On April 10, Sale struck out 10 and allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings, taking the loss. “The first half went to us. On the road, he's 1-1 with an ERA of 3.90 and a WHIP of 1.50.

Victor Martinez is 21-for-49 (.429) with four home runs against Sale in his career.

Moreland led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer to right, just out of J.D. Martinez's reach and into the bullpen.

Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single in the eighth and finished with three RBIs.

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The bullpen, with Matt Barnes in the eighth and Blaine Boyer in the ninth, took care of business and the Red Sox won their second in a row with a little help from the offense that exploded for five runs in the eighth. Boston still had two runners on and one out, but the rally ended when Pablo Sandoval hit into a double play.

It was Johnsons first start in the majors since he pitched a a five-hit shutout May 27 against Seattle.

Meanwhile, the Tigers can score a ton of runs but they have also struggled in terms of giving up too many runs thanks to the inconsistencies of their pitching staff. Norris has struggled in each of his past couple of starts so it's hard to trust him on the road in a tough ballpark on Sunday Night Baseball.

Tigers: Detroit activated C James McCann from the 10-day disabled list Friday and had him back in the starting lineup in the series opener.

The pitching matchup is a blockbuster, with Boston's Chris Sale set to face Justin Verlander. The Red Sox activated 2B Dustin Pedroia and recalled LHP Brian Johnson from Triple-A Pawtucket and both started, Pedroia going 0-for-4 - while 1B Sam Travis and RHP Brandon Workman were both optioned back to Pawtucket.

The Tigers, who have lost three of their last four, got six solid innings from Jordan Zimmerman, who turned in his second straight quality start. Daniel Norris gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 4.48 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season.

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