Luckily for the Red Sox, an ugly performance from the pen didn’t matter, as the Red Sox offense piled on 11 runs en route to an 11-7 win.
It wasn’t the prettiest game of baseball for either sides. Four errors in total were made, three of which by the Red Sox. Neither team pitched well either – Tigers starter Michael Fulmer didn’t even make it out of the first inning, before he was pulled.
Nick Pivetta had a solid outing. The righty went five innings allowing three runs off six hits, striking out eight.
Austin Brice’s performance did not go so well though. He entered right after Pivetta came out, and allowed a three run shot off the bat of JaCoby Jones, only to be later replaced by Andriese. But Andriese did not help the damage, as he surrendered an RBI single and the Tigers were right back in it. It was 9-7 ball game in the sixth.
The Red Sox got into some trouble multiple times, but Matt Barnes would complete a five out save to secure the victory.
A four run offensive outburst in the first inning propelled the offense for the entirety of the game. The first inning would be followed by a three run second, and a lone run in the third.
The Red Sox tallied four long balls, which were hit off the bats of Alex Verdugo, Kike Hernandez, Xander Bogaerts, and Hunter Renfroe for the 100th of his career.
Christian Vazquez had an impressive showing, going 3-for-5 with two RBI’s despite a throwing error.
The Red Sox make it 18-12 on the year, and are still in sole possession of first place in the AL East.