Detroit Tigers jump out early to win, avoid sweep in Boston
By KYLE HIGHTOWER
AP Sports Writer
BOSTON — Detroit had trouble containing Boston’s offense during the first two games of their series. The Tigers took advantage of a first-time starter to find some of their own.
Leonys Martin had a two-run homer to cap a five-run first inning and the Tigers beat the Red Sox 7-2 on Thursday night.
Detroit’s victory ended a four-game win streak for Boston, which had outscored the Tigers 13-1 in the first two games of the series.
Detroit’s early onslaught spoiled the major-league debut of 24-year-old left-hander Jalen Beeks (0-1), who had a night to forget after having been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.
Left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-4) was solid in his third career start against Boston, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up a solo home run to Andrew Benintendi and had three wild pitches, but they were just blips during a quiet offensive night for Boston. The Tigers have won five of Boyd’s last six starts.
“We needed him to get into the second half of the game and he did a nice job,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “That’s a great lineup over there. He had to battle through.”
Martin also had a triple and scored twice.
Trailing late, Boston loaded the bases with one out in the eighth on reliever Joe Jimenez, but he struck out Sam Travis and Rafael Devers to end the threat.
Nicholas Castellanos got Detroit going in the first when he doubled off the Green Monster. Beeks walked Miguel Cabrera but Castellanos was able to tag and advance to third when Victor Martinez popped out to right.
Jeimer Candelario then ripped an RBI double down the left field line. John Hicks kept the rally going with a two-run single. Martin then made it 5-0 with his blast over the Green Monster. The inning finally came to an end when Beeks got Jose Iglesias to pop out on the infield.