The Rich Hill-Garrett Whitlock back-to-back works pretty well.
The duo let up just three runs Tuesday while the Boston Red Sox scored five unanswered runs to beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-3.
Detroit took the 3-0 lead in the third inning as the Tigers had four hits in five at-bats, and a Javier Baez double capped off the damage. Hirokazu Sawamura finished the fifth for Hill with a double play following a one-out walk, and that was followed by a flawless no-hit four innings from Whitlock that saw just one walk. While it wasn’t quite literally back-to-back, the two will probably duo up for a number of outings in the future, like they did.
It looked like it was going to be another result that’s been popular as of late though through the first innings. But, in the sixth, that changed.
Kevin Plawecki led off with a single and was bunted over to second by Jonathan Arauz, and the comeback started with a Kiké Hernandez RBI double that scored Plawecki for Hernandez’s first hit of the season. The hit was followed by Rafael Devers’ RBI single, and J.D. Martinez later drove in the game-tying run with a double down the line that went to review — if it was fair or not — but it was called a — fair — RBI double.
Hernandez got to lead off the eighth with a walk, and a passed ball that moved him to second prompted an RBI single from Devers that gave Boston the 4-3 lead. After J.D. Martinez was hit by the pitch to move Devers to second, Chrisitan Arroyo cushioned the lead with an RBI single that made it a 5-3 affair.
The Sox look forward to Wednesday where they’ll face an old friend in lefty Eduardo Rodriguez who signed a five-year deal with the team this offseason.
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