Tigers score three in the 8th, complete comeback victory 4-3 over Red Sox

Hoping to get a sour taste out of their mouth after being swept by division rival Kansas City, the Detroit Tigers were right back at it on Thursday with a day game against the Boston Red Sox for the first of four this weekend. Boston has been hot as of late despite all the traveling they had to do, winning six straight against three different teams in three cities.

Taking the mound for the Tigers was lefty Matt Boyd (4-2, 4.16 ERA), who in his last time out arguably had his best outing as a big league pitcher, tossing seven scoreless innings against a potent Texas Rangers lineup. This is just the second start for Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.66 ERA) since July 2, he allowed 3 ER over 4.1 IP his last time out against Arizona.


Both teams were able to get on the bases in the 1st but could not cash in. Boston had runners on the corners with two outs, but Boyd got a ground ball to end the inning. Newest Tiger Erick Aybar got his first hit with his new club with one out in the bottom half, but it was quickly erased with a double play off the bat of Miguel Cabrera.

After the Red Sox went 1-2-3 in the 2nd, Detroit was able to get on the board in the home half. With out one J.D. Martinez singled to left. Then a crazy play happened when Casey McGehee hit one to right center, outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. could not make the play but the umpires initially ruled it a catch. Upon further review, runners were place on first and third because it was a hit and run play and Martinez was heading towards third when the ball dropped. The next batter, Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to center to drive in Martinez, making it 1-0 Tigers.

Boston in the 3rd added some pressure. The first two men reached and eventually had bases loaded with two outs but again they were unable to capitalize. Detroit in the bottom half got a two-out single from Cabrera but nothing doing.



Boston got on the board in the 4th with a solo homer from Sandy León to knot it up at 1-1. The Tigers went down in order in the bottom half.

Both teams wasted singles in the 5th inning. For the Tigers in the 5th, another new Tiger Alex Presley, called up from Triple-A Toledo prior to the game on Thursday, singled to right with one out.

Boyd took down the Sox in order in the 6th to end his afternoon at 106 pitches (6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K). Buchholz for the Red Sox plunked Cabrera to open up the 6th inning on a changeup that got away from him, but the Tigers could not build on it. Buccholz’s afternoon was also done after six innings of work (6 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 K).

(THRU 6: TIED 1-1)


Alex Wilson came on to relieve Boyd in the 7th and tossed a clean frame, striking out one batter. For Boston, lefty Robbie Ross Jr. came on to relieve Buccholz and he too was able to go 1-2-3, all on outs in the air.

Wilson went back out there for the 8th inning, now having not allowed an earned run in his last 16.2 innings worked. However, Boston got to him with three straight singles from the 2-4 hitters. Hanley Ramírez delivered the single up the middle to break the tie and give Boston a 2-1 lead. That signaled the end for Alex Wilson and in came his bullpen law firm partner Justin Wilson. With nobody out and runners on the corners, Wilson got Jackie Bradley Jr. to ground into a rather unconventional 6-3-4 double play, holding the runner at third. Unfortunately in the next at-bat, a wild pitch from Wilson allowed that runner to score, making it 3-1 Red Sox.

In the bottom half, Junichi Tazawa came on for the Red Sox. Much like Alex Wilson in the top half, he allowed three consecutive hit to open it up. A single from Ian Kinsler, a double from Erick Aybar and a single by Cabrera scored Kinsler to make it 3-2 Sox, Aybar over to third. Tazawa departed after that and in came Brad Ziegler. First batter he faced, Victor Martínez singled to right to tie the game, 3-3. After a walk to J.D. Martinez, McGehee grounded into a 6-2 fielder’s choice to cut down the runner from third for the first out of the inning. Then two batters later with two outs, Ziegler walked Andrew Romine with the bases loaded, re-claiming the lead for Detroit, 4-3.

Tigers closer Francisco Rodríguez came on to pitch the 9th. He allowed runners to reach first and second with one out, and second and third with two outs but got Mookie Betts to line out to second to end the ball game.

DET 1 2 3 9
BOS 1 3 4 10



The same two teams get together on Friday, first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET. Pitching for Boston is an old friend, former Tiger Rick Porcello (16-3, 3.30 ERA). It will be the first time Porcello is pitching at Comerica Park as part of a visiting club.

Meanwhile for the Tigers, rookie Michigan Fulmer (10-3, 2.25 ERA) will toe the slab. All he did his last time out was toss a complete game shutout of the Rangers and allow just four hits over those nine innings of work, officially qualifying himself for the AL ERA title in the process.

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