Detroit at Boston

W: C. Sale (8-2) L: W. Saupold (1-1)
HR: DET - None   BOS - None

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


BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale finally knows what it feels like to get a win against the Detroit Tigers when he's facing their ace Justin Verlander.

Sale outlasted Verlander to win his seventh straight decision in a matchup of big-name pitchers, and the Boston Red Sox pulled away late to beat the Tigers 11-3 on Saturday night.

''That's a tough team over there,'' Sale said. ''I've seen quite a bit of them. They've given me some fits over the years.''

Coming into the marquee matchup, Sale had faced the Tigers five times with Verlander on the mound, and his team was winless in those games.

Mitch Moreland's tiebreaking, two-run double sparked a three-run seventh inning and Boston added five more in the eighth for its second straight late-inning win over the Tigers. The Red Sox have won 13 of 19.

Sale (8-2) pitched seven solid innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk.

Verlander was gone with high pitch count after five, allowing three runs and four walks with three strikeouts after leaving his previous start following two innings with a tight right groin. Detroit has lost four of five.

''All night long we did a very good job with long at-bats, staying with the strike zone and being relentless at the plate,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Verlander said the groin injury forced him to adjust a bit.

''I was cognizant of it, but it made it through about as good as I could have hoped for,'' he said. ''I was just, like I said, aware of it and not trying to overdo anything.''

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus knows how tough it is scoring against Sale.

''We've got a lot of guys who have seen him quite a bit,'' he said. ''That certainly helps. We've had some success against him in the past. But, yeah, scoring three runs on Sale is not easy to do.''

With runners on first and second, Moreland doubled off the Green Monster against Warwick Saupold (1-1). Josh Rutledge added an RBI single.

Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single in the eighth and finished with three RBIs. Moreland also had an RBI single in a two-run third.

The Tigers had tied it 2-2 in the fifth, but the Red Sox regained the lead that inning on Benintendi's sacrifice fly.

Detroit retied it on Mikie Mahtook's RBI single an inning later.

Sale escaped a jam in the third with runners on the corners and no outs by striking out three straight, including slugger Miguel Cabrera looking with a 96-mph fastball on the inside corner.

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. helped Sale out of trouble in the first with a diving catch of J.D. Martinez's sinking liner.


Tigers: C James McCann started his second straight after coming off the 10-day disabled list Friday. He had been sidelined with a cut on his left hand.

Red Sox: RHP Carson Smith, recovering from Tommy John surgery last season, threw 25 pitches off the mound before BP against batters that had mostly weak swings and grounders.


Former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012 and started the Ice Bucket Challenge two years later that's helped raised over $100-million for research of the disease, donated his bucket and sunglasses he used in the original challenge along with his glove and BC hat to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the field before the game.

Red Sox utility infielder Brock Holt and Farrell joined the presentation.

''For a difficult situation to be brought in such a positive way, hopefully to be able to raise funds to someday and one day find a cure and make a quality of life better, we champion what Pete has done,'' Farrell said.


The theme song from the TV show ''Batman'' was played over the PA after the first inning. Adam West, the original Batman, died Saturday. He was 88.


Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (2-4, 4.48 ERA) is set to start the nationally-televised series finale Sunday night against LHP Drew Pomeranz (6-3, 4.02), who looks to extend his career-best three-game winning streak.

Copyright 2017 by STATS. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.

Players of the Game

C. Sale
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 3
BB 0
K 7

J. Rutledge
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 0

Related Video

Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4120000.247.340.371
Nicholas Castellanos, 3B4011022.229.306.407
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4011022.263.369.406
Victor Martinez, DH4010023.274.354.398
J.D. Martinez, RF4000022.297.389.714
Justin Upton, LF4110010.261.349.498
Mikie Mahtook, CF4011000.230.269.446
James McCann, C4000001.190.273.397
Jose Iglesias, SS4120001.261.289.383
Justin Verlander, P0000000.000.000.000
   Daniel Stumpf, P0000000.000.000.000
   Warwick Saupold, P0000000.000.000.000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Arcenio Leon, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Nicholas Castellanos (14, Sale), Justin Upton (13, Sale), Jose Iglesias (14, Sale)
RBI - Nicholas Castellanos (31), Miguel Cabrera (28), Mikie Mahtook (11)
Team LOB - 6
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander 5533430 4.68
Daniel Stumpf 0.2000120 9.00
Warwick Saupold (L,1-1) 1433110 3.24
Francisco Rodriguez 0.1000010 6.86
Arcenio Leon 1455310 12.15
IBB - Moreland by Justin Verlander, Bradley by Warwick Saupold, Moreland by Arcenio Leon
WP - Warwick Saupold (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 108-70, Daniel Stumpf 14-6, Warwick Saupold 29-18, Francisco Rodriguez 4-3, Arcenio Leon 36-24
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 4-8, Warwick Saupold 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 24, Daniel Stumpf 3, Warwick Saupold 8, Francisco Rodriguez 1, Arcenio Leon 10
Boston Red Sox
Mookie Betts, RF3100303.261.345.453
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4321001.291.363.374
   Deven Marrero, 2B0000000.159.198.305
Xander Bogaerts, SS5231012.332.385.462
Mitch Moreland, 1B3223210.281.382.492
Andrew Benintendi, LF4113013.266.333.413
Hanley Ramirez, DH5010015.243.343.405
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4010111.232.328.437
Josh Rutledge, 3B2122300.270.357.324
Sandy Leon, C4111034.222.270.359
Chris Sale, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Barnes, P0000000.000.000.000
   Blaine Boyer, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Xander Bogaerts 2 (15, Verlander), Mitch Moreland (18, Saupold)
SF - Dustin Pedroia (3), Andrew Benintendi (6), Sandy Leon (1)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (22), Xander Bogaerts (23), Mitch Moreland 3 (35), Andrew Benintendi 3 (34), Josh Rutledge 2 (9), Sandy Leon (16)
2-OUT RBI - Mitch Moreland (10), Josh Rutledge (1)
SB - Josh Rutledge (1, 2nd base off Rodriguez/McCann)
Team LOB - 11
E - Jackie Bradley Jr. (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale (W,8-2) 7933070 2.97
Matt Barnes (H,9) 1000020 3.62
Blaine Boyer 1000000 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 110-82, Matt Barnes 13-10, Blaine Boyer 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 6-8, Matt Barnes 1-0, Blaine Boyer 2-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 30, Matt Barnes 3, Blaine Boyer 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37162
Game Time - 3:39
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chad Fairchild