Leon lights fire under Sox in win over Tigers

Doyle BarkerApr 10, 2017

McCann's homer in the fifth put Detroit up 2-1, and the Tigers added two more runs that inning.

What the Detroit bullpen squandered, the Boston relievers had given right back.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer held the Boston Red Sox off the scoreboard for six innings but had to settle for a no-decision in Friday's 6-5 victory.

Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos is congratulated by Ian Kinsler after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Detroit. "That just builds chemistry, builds camaraderie among ourselves as a team". While Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Hanley Ramirez were all out, they still have some heavy hitters.

Zimmermann (1-0) allowed a run and four hits. He only won four more games the rest of the way, as he was sidetracked by groin and neck injuries. With a patient eye and an ability to hit to all portions of the field for power, the 33-year-old is poised to record an eighth-straight season in which he's batted over.300 with 18 home runs or more.

"He threw me a curveball and I was able to get a barrel on it", said Mahtook, who was playing his first home game for the Tigers after being acquired in the offseason.

Righty Joe Kelly walked James McCann to load the bases before losing Jones on a full-count pitch. "Missed down and away to right-handers where you're looking to finish off an inning. That was really the focus this offseason and coming into this season, what we've got to do to get back to the postseason and advance to the World Series". "Those guys make plays for you all year - plays they're not supposed to make".

"If he bobbles that ball, if he doesn't field that ball cleanly, it's a tie ballgame", McCann said.

Bruce Rondon wasn't as sharp when he came on in the eighth, allowing two hits and a walk while recording just one out.

Zimmermann labored early but allowed only one run and four hits. Eduardo Rodriguez took the loss for the Sox on the mound, victim to a three-run fifth inning that ending his outing prematurely. "I" buttons to all fans in attendance Friday, in honor of owner Mike Ilitch, who died shortly before the start of spring training. A large "Mr. I" was cut into the grass in center field and also appeared in a circle to the left of home plate and on a flag beyond the wall in left-center.

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright was touched for seven hits and four runs in his 6 2/3 frames.

But Farrell pinch-hit Brock Holt for Selsky with the bases loaded. Mitch Moreland was walked intentionally and reliever Kyle Ryan walked in the tying run.

“No. K-Rod was down today, ” manager Brad Ausmus said.

Kimbrel then struck out Upton and Tyler Collins to end it. With Eduardo Rodriguez set to face Jordan Zimmermann in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 9 runs. The right-hander went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA a year ago, helping Detroit contend for a postseason spot until its final game.

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