Sale win 7th straight decision; Red Sox beat Tigers 11-3

Kristopher Nichols
June 11, 2017

In his career at Fenway Park, Verlander is 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA in nine starts.

BOSTON Jackie Bradley Jr. made Detroit pay dearly for a couple of late mistakes.

"He's on about a three-week run here where the hard hits have been more frequent, the batting average has been better, the extra-base hits are there", Boston manager John Farrell said after Bradley ripped a long two-out, two-run homer to cap a three-run eighth-inning rally and lift his team to a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.

While facing the Red Sox isn't a new experience, Norris has never started at Fenway and has only one appearance at the ballpark - striking out the only batter he faced, recently retired Boston slugger David Ortiz, on September 5, 2014.

"I was hoping for a long time to throw like that". “And it feels good to get a win.”. He had two strikeouts, ending the game with Miguel Cabrera's fourth K in five at-bats in the game.

"Oh my god, it's so exciting, because it's my dream", he said after the game.

Matt Barnes (4-2) pitched the top of the eighth and got the win and Craig Kimbrel worked a ideal ninth for the 18th save of his dominant season.

Pomeranz has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five straight starts for the Red Sox. He also made an error on a wild pickoff attempt that put Bogaerts on second and in position to score easily on Moreland's third hit of the game. Detroit has lost four of five. “I dont think it will be an ongoing thing. "I was just, like I said, aware of it and not trying to overdo anything". Nicholas Castellanos and Mikie Mahtook homered for Detroit in defeat.

Sale tossed seven innings, gave up three runs and struck out seven, and finally got that elusive win over Verlander. "The command was what caused him issues", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Norris, who walked three in the third inning. The second half went to them.

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Victor Martinez is 21-for-49 (.429) with four home runs against Sale in his career.

Norris (2-4, 4.48 ERA) needed 110 pitches to get through six innings for Detroit (29-32) in Tuesday's home loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Moreland led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer to right, just out of J.D. Martinez's reach and into the bullpen.

Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single in the eighth and finished with three RBIs.

Mahtook led off the fourth with his fourth homer of the season, but Moreland answered that leading off the bottom half.

Boston had another potential rally cut short in the sixth after Morelands leadoff double. The Red Sox scored 11 runs in Saturday's victory and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games.

“Its important. Its very important, ” Bradley said. Batters are hitting just.231 against him at home compared to.288 on the road. This was a big win.

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