The Boston Red Sox took the series victory over the Detroit Tigers Wednesday, but not in an ideal fashion.
The Sox bullied Eduardo Rodriguez and the Tigers defense around for nine runs, as Detroit made a comeback but was mooted by Hansel Robles shutting the door.
Boston had a 9-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh, but that turned into 9-7 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth. Hansel Robles got out of the jam though and set the Tigers down 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Nathan Eovaldi let up two runs on four hits across five innings, before handing it over to the bullpen.
Kiké Hernandez hit a solo shot in the third to get the scoring going before six runs in the fourth came that was propelled by a two-out throwing error from Jaimer Candelario that opened the floodgates: Jackie Bradley Jr., Hernandez, Rafael Devers (RBI doubles), and Trevor Story’s RBI single made it 7-1. Boston added two more in the seventh off of a Christian Vazquez sac fly and another double from Bradley.
The bullpen was another story though, as Matt Barnes hurled a perfect sixth but Austin Davis served up a two-run shot in the seventh that was followed by Kutter Crawford allowing four straight hitters on base to begin the eighth. Jake Diekman was summoned on but yielded an RBI base knock that was followed by a hit batsman to make it 9-7, though Robles would end up saving the day.
Boston gets an off day before taking on the Twins Friday in the home opener.
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