Upton's slam helps Tigers avert sweep; win 8-3 over BoSox

BOSTON (AP) Detroit manager Brad Ausmus knew what to hope for when he saw Justin Upton's fly ball heading down the right-field line.

''From the time it left the bat I was saying, `Pesky Pole! Pesky Pole,'' Ausmas said after Upton's grand slam hit off the right-field foul pole, helping the Tigers avert a sweep with an 8-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Nicholas Castellanos added a two-run homer for Detroit, which halted a three-game losing streak in a contest that lasted 4 hours, 6 minutes.

''I thought I hit it hard enough that it would run out of time to curve. It ended up being the case,'' Upton said. ''Take them how you can get them.''

Boston had won 13 of 19 and seven of eight in Fenway Park.

Daniel Norris (3-4) held Boston to two runs over five innings, giving up seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

Drew Pomeranz (6-4) was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, snapping his career-best three-game winning streak. He fell behind 3-0 in the first.

''It's pretty frustrating,'' he said. ''The runs in the first inning, I had trouble kind of getting my rhythm and timing down. But I went out there and tried to shut them down after that.''

Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single and Dustin Pedroia a run-scoring double for Boston.

The first six innings took just over three hours, sending a large portion of fans streaming for the exits after the final out of the sixth.

Detroit lost the first two games of the series in the late innings, but didn't have any trouble after opening a big lead midway into this one.

Leading 3-2 in the fifth, the Tigers chased Pomeranz and scored five runs - with Upton's homer off reliever Heath Hembree the big blow.

They loaded the bases on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts, a single and walk before Upton hit his shot off the screen about halfway up the Pesky Pole. Ian Kinsler added an RBI single later in the inning.

''Felt like it was a chance to try to get a matchup,'' Boston manager John Farrell said of going to Hembree. ''Didn't work out. The five runs ends up being quite a difference in this one tonight.''

In the first, Detroit jumped ahead on Castellanos' shot over the Green Monster, a drive estimated at 448 feet, and Upton's RBI single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Farrell said RHP Carson Smith, recovering from Tommy John surgery last season, is scheduled to pitch off the mound against hitters again Tuesday. He looked sharp Saturday, getting mostly weak swings and grounders.

OOPS

Farrell tripped coming out of the dugout coming out to question a call in the ninth.

STILL A GOOD NIGHT

Bogaerts had three splendid plays despite his error, the best against Victor Martinez when he slid to his knees for a grounder in shallow center and fired to first.

HEADS UP

Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was signing autographs next to the dugout during BP when one fan tossed a ball from a few rows back to another, hoping to get his signed, too. It flew just over the head of the slugger, but he graciously signed it.

ROSTER MOVE

Detroit optioned RH reliever Arcenio Leon to Triple-A Toledo before the game and recalled LHP Chad Bell.

UP NEXT:

Tigers: Off Monday. RHP Buck Farmer (2-0, 0.00 ERA) looks to extend his season-opening, 13-inning scoreless stretch when they open a two-game interleague home series Tuesday against Arizona and RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.20).

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (3-8, 4.46) hopes to snap a personal three-game losing streak Monday when Boston hosts Philadelphia. RHP Jerad Eickoff (0-7, 5.15) goes for the Phillies.

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TigersDET30-32
3000500008140
Red SoxBOS34-28
1010010003121
  • W: D. Norris (3-4)L: D. Pomeranz (6-4)
  • HR: DET - J. Upton (13), N. Castellanos (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B51210014.251.341.372.7133.5
N. Castellanos 3B51121012.229.304.415.7196.5
M. Cabrera 1B41200100.268.374.408.7824.0
V. Martinez DH51000004.267.346.388.7351.0
J. Martinez RF42200111.305.398.7051.1034.5
J. Upton LF51351011.264.350.509.85911.5
M. Mahtook CF50200001.241.277.443.7202.0
J. McCann C41100014.192.272.400.6722.5
J. Iglesias SS30100113.262.293.383.6761.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40200101.265.349.458.8076.0
    D. Pedroia 2B31210211.297.373.390.7637.5
    X. Bogaerts SS50000037.325.378.452.829-1.5
    H. Ramirez DH30210212.250.353.410.7634.5
    M. Moreland 1B50100037.279.378.485.863-0.5
    C. Young LF50100025.263.341.377.7180.0
    J. Rutledge 3B40100001.269.352.321.6731.0
    J. Bradley CF32200101.240.337.448.7856.0
    C. Vazquez C40110012.318.345.421.7661.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. McCann (4)
      • HR - N. Castellanos (8), J. Upton (13)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler (12), N. Castellanos 2 (33), J. Upton 5 (40)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (7), J. Upton (19)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (19), D. Pedroia 2 (11), J. Bradley (6)
      • RBI - D. Pedroia (23), H. Ramirez (25), C. Vazquez (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez (7), C. Vazquez (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (5)
      • DP - I. Kinsler, J. Iglesias, M. Cabrera, N. Castellanos
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Pomeranz, M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, X. Bogaerts
      • E - X. Bogaerts (6)
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris (W, 3-4)5.0723604.411.6113.0
      S. Greene 1.0210101.821.080.5
      F. Rodriguez 1.0101206.531.652.0
      A. Wilson 1.0100003.181.062.0
      J. Wilson 1.0102202.521.001.0
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (L, 6-4)4.1852214.481.43-7.0
      H. Hembree 0.2321113.901.43-5.5
      B. Boyer 2.0300302.701.404.5
      F. Abad 2.0000003.121.156.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - D. Norris
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 96-56, S. Greene 20-12, F. Rodriguez 14-8, A. Wilson 14-10, J. Wilson 27-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 1-6, S. Greene 1-1, A. Wilson 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 23, S. Greene 5, F. Rodriguez 5, A. Wilson 3, J. Wilson 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Pomeranz (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 93-60, H. Hembree 30-17, B. Boyer 39-27, F. Abad 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 7-4, H. Hembree 1-0, B. Boyer 1-1, F. Abad 3-3
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, H. Hembree 6, B. Boyer 8, F. Abad 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TigersDET30-32
      3000500008140
      Red SoxBOS34-28
      1010010003121
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B51210014.251.341.372.7133.5
      N. Castellanos 3B51121012.229.304.415.7196.5
      M. Cabrera 1B41200100.268.374.408.7824.0
      V. Martinez DH51000004.267.346.388.7351.0
      J. Martinez RF42200111.305.398.7051.1034.5
      J. Upton LF51351011.264.350.509.85911.5
      M. Mahtook CF50200001.241.277.443.7202.0
      J. McCann C41100014.192.272.400.6722.5
      J. Iglesias SS30100113.262.293.383.6761.5
      Total40814823620-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF40200101.265.349.458.8076.0
        D. Pedroia 2B31210211.297.373.390.7637.5
        X. Bogaerts SS50000037.325.378.452.829-1.5
        H. Ramirez DH30210212.250.353.410.7634.5
        M. Moreland 1B50100037.279.378.485.863-0.5
        C. Young LF50100025.263.341.377.7180.0
        J. Rutledge 3B40100001.269.352.321.6731.0
        J. Bradley CF32200101.240.337.448.7856.0
        C. Vazquez C40110012.318.345.421.7661.5
        Total363123061127-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. McCann (4)
          • HR - N. Castellanos (8), J. Upton (13)
          • RBI - I. Kinsler (12), N. Castellanos 2 (33), J. Upton 5 (40)
          • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (7), J. Upton (19)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (19), D. Pedroia 2 (11), J. Bradley (6)
          • RBI - D. Pedroia (23), H. Ramirez (25), C. Vazquez (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - H. Ramirez (7), C. Vazquez (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (10)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Upton (5)
          • DP - I. Kinsler, J. Iglesias, M. Cabrera, N. Castellanos
          FIELDING
          • DP - D. Pomeranz, M. Moreland, D. Pedroia, X. Bogaerts
          • E - X. Bogaerts (6)
          PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris (W, 3-4)5.0723604.411.6113.0
          S. Greene 1.0210101.821.080.5
          F. Rodriguez 1.0101206.531.652.0
          A. Wilson 1.0100003.181.062.0
          J. Wilson 1.0102202.521.001.0
          Total9.01236110---
          PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Pomeranz (L, 6-4)4.1852214.481.43-7.0
          H. Hembree 0.2321113.901.43-5.5
          B. Boyer 2.0300302.701.404.5
          F. Abad 2.0000003.121.156.0
          Total9.0147362---
          PITCHING
          • IBB - D. Norris
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 96-56, S. Greene 20-12, F. Rodriguez 14-8, A. Wilson 14-10, J. Wilson 27-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 1-6, S. Greene 1-1, A. Wilson 2-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 23, S. Greene 5, F. Rodriguez 5, A. Wilson 3, J. Wilson 6
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Pomeranz (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 93-60, H. Hembree 30-17, B. Boyer 39-27, F. Abad 18-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 7-4, H. Hembree 1-0, B. Boyer 1-1, F. Abad 3-3
          • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, H. Hembree 6, B. Boyer 8, F. Abad 6
          • 6TH INNING
            Vazquez singled to right, Bradley scored83
          • 5TH INNING
            Kinsler singled to shallow left, McCann scored, Iglesias to second82
            Upton homered to right, Cabrera, Martinez and Martinez scored72
          • 3RD INNING
            Pedroia doubled to deep center, Bradley scored, Betts to third32
          • 1ST INNING
            Ramirez singled to deep left, Pedroia scored, Ramirez out at second31
            Upton singled to shallow right, Martinez scored30
            Castellanos homered to center, Kinsler scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • F. Abad Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Martinez popped out to shortstop
            • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Upton grounded out to third
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Mahtook lined out to left
            • Justin Wilson relieved Alex Wilson
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Betts to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland reached on an infield single to second, Betts to third, Ramirez to second
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young lined out to shortstop
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Fernando Abad relieved Blaine Boyer
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to deep right
            • Alex Wilson relieved Francisco Rodriguez
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rutledge singled to right center
            • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rutledge out at second
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to third
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Boyer Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mahtook reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, McCann grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Mahtook out at second
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias singled to shallow center
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • Francisco Rodriguez relieved Shane Greene
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez singled to center, Pedroia to second
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Ball, Young flied out to deep right
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Heath Hembree
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to center
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to left
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
            • Shane Greene relieved Daniel Norris
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Young struck out on foul tip
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rutledge grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley doubled to deep left
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez singled to right, Bradley scored
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
            • End of Inning (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castellanos safe at first on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to deep left, Castellanos to second
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos out at third, Cabrera to second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Cabrera to third, Martinez to second
            • Heath Hembree relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton homered to right, Cabrera, Martinez and Martinez scored
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann doubled to deep center
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias walked
            • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kinsler singled to shallow left, McCann scored, Iglesias to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Betts doubled to deep left
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts popped out to third
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Betts stole third, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez singled to shallow center
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Upton singled to shallow left, Martinez to second
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mahtook singled to right, Martinez to third, Upton to second
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kinsler flied out to deep left
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • C. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rutledge flied out to right
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
            • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez flied out to deep center
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley singled to shallow left
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts singled to left, Bradley to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Pedroia doubled to deep center, Bradley scored, Betts to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to third
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez intentionally walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland flied out to deep center
            • End of Inning (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, McCann flied out to right
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias flied out to right
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Ball, Young singled to left
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Rutledge grounded into double play third to second to first, Young out at second
            • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kinsler singled to left
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos homered to center, Kinsler scored
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Cabrera out at second
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez singled to shallow left
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez to second on wild pitch, Upton singled to shallow right, Martinez scored
            • M. Mahtook: Pickoff attempt, Mahtook flied out to deep center
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts lined out to left
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia doubled to left center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to deep left, Pedroia scored, Ramirez out at second
            • End of Inning (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)