On Tuesday, the Tigers looked to build on the momentum they gained from Monday’s 4-2 victory against the Red Sox in hopes of earning a series victory in game two of a three-game series in Boston. Mike Pelfrey was hoping to put together another good outing for Detroit, he had allowed just one ER in three of his last four starts coming into tonight’s tilt.
The Tigers came into the game 5.5 games behind division leading Cleveland, and on this night were facing a tough opposing pitcher in knuckleballer Steven Wright (12-5, 2.67 ERA).
INNINGS 1 – 3
The Tigers got off to a great start when Jose Iglesias singled in the top of the 1st and was brought home on a 2-run home run by the big fella, Miguel Cabrera. The home run was Miguel’s 428th, breaking his tie all-time with recent Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Piazza.
The Tigers struck again in the top of the 2nd with a lead-off single by Mike Aviles, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Tyler Collins. Collins was eventually brought in by an RBI single by Iglesias.
The Red Sox cut the lead to one on a three-run blast by David Ortíz in the 3rd.
(THRU 3: DET LEADS 4-3)
INNINGS 4 – 6
The Red Sox tied the score in the bottom of the 4th with a one-out fielder’s choice off the bat of Brock Holt, scoring Jackie Bradley Jr. and then took the lead one batter later, on a two-out RBI double by Mookie Betts.
Victor Martínez tied the game in the top of the 5th with an RBI single, scoring Iglesias. Justin Upton hit a rocket off of Hanley Ramírez, scoring Miggy to make it 6-5 Tigers. Jarrod Saltalamacchia plated two more, bringing in Victor and Nick Castellanos, making it 8-5 Detroit and chasing Steven Wright from the game in the process.
Pelfrey was able to give five innings of work, allowing five ER on six hits. The big blow obviously coming from Ortiz in the 3rd inning.
Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in the bottom of the 6th off Tigers reliever Kyle Ryan, and then Dustin Pedroia singled in Sandy León to cut the lead to one. Xander Bogaerts scored Brock Holt on a fielder’s choice, knotting it up at 8-8. Both runs came off reliever Alex Wilson but were charged to Ryan.
(THRU 6: TIED 8-8)
INNINGS 7 – 9
Tyler Collins drew a walk with the bases loaded in the top of the 7th scoring Upton, breaking the tie and re-claiming the lead for the Tigers 9-8.
Bruce Rondón worked a clean 7th, striking out two in the frame. Shane Greene tossed a clean 8th and Francisco Rodríguez closed the door in the 9th, getting David Ortiz to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
(FINAL SCORE – DET 9, BOS 8)
ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES
.@MiguelCabrera now has 8 seasons w/ 20-or-more HRs with the Tigers, third most in club history. Norm Cash had 11 & Al Kaline had 9.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) July 26, 2016
2nd time in career Collins (who's walked a total of 15 times in 274 PAs) has walked with the bases loaded. Tied game vs. KC in 12th last yr
— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) July 27, 2016
Francisco Rodriguez is making his 899th career appearance tonight, which is tied with Sparky Lyle for 25th most in MLB history.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) July 27, 2016
These same two teams wrap up their three-game series at Fenway Park on Wednesday, first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. ET. Detroit will give the ball to Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.41 ERA), who allowed more than 2 ER his last time out for the first time since May 15.
Boston will oppose with young lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (2-4, 6.70 ERA). He’s allowed just three ER over his last two times starts (12.1 IP).