After a come from behind victory yesterday afternoon, the Tigers turned to rookie sensation Michael Fulmer to try and string together a couple of key wins. Instead, Fulmer and the bullpen got roughed up and the Tigers got routed 10-2. Here is how it broke down tonight:
1st-3rd Innings: Fulmer got off to a rough start in the first inning. After allowing a single, Fulmer gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz who now has 35 career home runs against the Tigers, most of any active player. Another single and home run gave the Red Sox an early 4-0 lead. The Tigers got on the board in the second inning with J.D. Martinez hitting his 17th home run of the season, a two-run shot, to cut the Red Sox lead to 4-2. Boston leads 4-2
4th-6th Innings: The Red Sox offense struck again in the sixth inning when an Andrew Benitendi single scored Sandy Leon from second base. Dustin Pedrioa followed with a single in the next at-bat to rive in the Sox sixth run, all earned on Fulmer. The Pedroia single signaled the end of the night for Fulmer whose final line read 5.2 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, and 1 K. The Tigers offense continued to get shut down by Porcello through the middle frames as they mustered just two hits. Boston leads 6-2
7th-9th Innings: The offense continued to chug on for the Red Sox in the seventh inning, as they were able to add two more runs off of a Hanley Ramirez double. The Red Sox offense was not done just yet, however. In the eighth inning, Ramirez struck again for another 2-run double to increase the Sox lead to eight runs. The Tigers offense was kept in check again for the final three frames as they finished tonight’s game with just four hits. Final Score: Boston wins 10-2
- J.D. Martinez now has a season high 10-game hitting streak going after his second inning home run.
- The 6 ER were the most given up by Michael Fulmer in any start this season.
Up Next: The Tigers look to get the series lead tomorrow evening as they send Daniel Norris to the mound in search of his second win of the season.