Tigers top Red Sox 6-5 after wild 8th inning

DETROIT (AP) After seven runs, five walks, two lead changes and a parade of futile pitching changes, the eighth inning finally ended at Comerica Park.

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

JaCoby Jones drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth, and the Tigers outlasted the flu-bitten Red Sox 6-5 on Friday to win their ninth straight home opener. Detroit allowed five runs in the top of the eighth, blowing a 4-0 lead in the process, but the Tigers scored twice in their half to take back the lead.

''Up and down the lineup, you had guys that were having good at-bats and passing the baton to the next guy,'' Detroit catcher James McCann said. ''That just builds chemistry, builds camaraderie among ourselves as a team.''

Red Sox stars Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts were ill and out of the lineup. Boston also was without shortstop Xander Bogaerts and reliever Matt Barnes, who are on the bereavement list.

Whoever won this game was going to do so in spite of its bullpen. The Tigers wasted their lead when Pablo Sandoval put the Red Sox ahead with a three-run homer off Francisco Rodriguez. Sandoval, who played in just three games last year before having shoulder surgery, hit a drive to left-center field on an 0-2 pitch for his first home run since Aug. 15, 2015.

The lead didn't last.

After Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera struck out to start the Detroit eighth, Heath Hembree (0-1) walked two batters, and pinch-hitter Mikie Mahtook followed with a tying double off Robby Scott.

''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.

Joe Kelly then allowed consecutive walks to McCann and Jones, forcing in the final run.

''Just yanking some fastballs to his glove side,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''Missed down and away to right-handers where you're looking to finish off an inning. This one got away from us.''

Mahtook made another important play in the ninth. With a man on first, Rodriguez (1-0) allowed a two-out double by Mitch Moreland. Mahtook reached the ball in the right-field corner and threw it in quickly enough to make the lead runner stop at third.

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

Before the bullpens got involved, Detroit's Michael Fulmer pitched six scoreless innings. The reigning American League Rookie of the Year allowed four hits and two walks, striking out four.

Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

McCann's two-run homer made it 4-0 in the seventh, but relievers Bruce Rondon and Alex Wilson were able to get only one out apiece in the top of the eighth, forcing Rodriguez to come in and face Sandoval with two outs and runners on first and third.

''I got ahead of him 0-2, and then just threw an extremely bad pitch over the plate,'' Rodriguez said. ''You guys know what was the result.''

REMEMBERING ILITCH

The Tigers played a video tribute before the game honoring 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.

DEBUT

Boston reliever Ben Taylor made his major league debut in the seventh, striking out the only hitter he faced. He was in line for the win after Sandoval's homer, but the Red Sox couldn't hold on.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Betts and Brock Holt both sat out Wednesday's win over Pittsburgh because of illness. Holt was in the starting lineup Friday as the designated hitter and went 1 for 2 with a walk before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Tigers: Detroit is without RF J.D. Martinez, who is recovering from a sprained right foot. Tyler Collins, who started Friday in right, misjudged a flyball in the seventh for an error - but he also had two hits.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound against Detroit on Saturday. Rodriguez posted a 3.24 ERA after the All-Star break last season.

Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann starts for the Tigers. He went 9-7 with a 4.87 ERA last year, when he was bothered by neck issues.

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  • W: F. Rodriguez (1-0)L: H. Hembree (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - P. Sandoval (1), DET - J. McCann (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Holt DH20100110.500.667.5001.1671.5
a- S. Selsky PH-DH20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Pedroia 2B50200012.308.357.308.6651.5
A. Benintendi LF21000203.182.357.455.8126.0
M. Moreland 1B51200014.143.143.214.3573.5
C. Young RF51210002.250.400.375.7755.0
J. Bradley CF41110001.364.462.5451.0073.0
S. Leon C40000013.417.417.7501.167-0.5
P. Sandoval 3B41231010.250.308.583.8919.5
M. Hernandez SS40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Holt in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B31100010.375.583.8751.4582.5
N. Castellanos 3B31100111.273.385.8181.2034.5
M. Cabrera 1B30000112.000.250.000.2500.5
V. Martinez DH20120110.250.364.250.6143.5
A. Romine PR-DH01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
J. Upton LF21000212.167.500.167.6672.5
T. Collins RF31200012.375.375.7501.1251.5
a- M. Mahtook PH-RF10110000.200.333.400.7333.0
J. McCann C31121100.222.417.556.9728.0
J. Jones CF30110110.200.333.500.8332.5
J. Iglesias SS40000004.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Collins in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moreland, C. Young, P. Sandoval
  • HR - P. Sandoval
  • RBI - C. Young, J. Bradley, P. Sandoval 3 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval 3 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Mahtook
  • 3B - N. Castellanos
  • HR - J. McCann
  • SF - V. Martinez
  • RBI - V. Martinez 2 (2), M. Mahtook, J. McCann 2 (2), J. Jones (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Mahtook, J. Jones
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Benintendi
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Collins
FIELDING
  • E - T. Collins
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Wright6.27443415.401.506.0
B. Taylor0.10000100.000.000.5
H. Hembree (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.20222209.003.00-8.0
R. Scott (BS, 1)0.01000000.000.00-1.0
J. Kelly0.10002000.006.00-2.0
PITCHERSIP
S. Wright6.2
B. Taylor0.1
H. Hembree (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.2
R. Scott (BS, 1)0.0
J. Kelly0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fulmer6.04002400.001.0017.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.00000100.000.003.5
B. Rondon0.123310020.259.00-6.0
A. Wilson (H, 1)0.111101013.503.00-1.5
F. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.13110013.862.256.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Fulmer6.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.0
B. Rondon0.1
A. Wilson (H, 1)0.1
F. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.1
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Wright
  • HBP - S. Wright
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 93-57, B. Taylor 4-3, H. Hembree 30-17, R. Scott 4-3, J. Kelly 14-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 5-7, J. Kelly 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, B. Taylor, H. Hembree 4, R. Scott, J. Kelly 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Wilson
  • HBP - M. Fulmer
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 95-57, J. Wilson 19-12, B. Rondon 24-11, A. Wilson 8-5, F. Rodriguez 29-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 5-8, J. Wilson 1-2, F. Rodriguez 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 24, J. Wilson 4, B. Rondon 4, A. Wilson 2, F. Rodriguez 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Holt DH20100110.500.667.5001.1671.5
a- S. Selsky PH-DH20000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Pedroia 2B50200012.308.357.308.6651.5
A. Benintendi LF21000203.182.357.455.8126.0
M. Moreland 1B51200014.143.143.214.3573.5
C. Young RF51210002.250.400.375.7755.0
J. Bradley CF41110001.364.462.5451.0073.0
S. Leon C40000013.417.417.7501.167-0.5
P. Sandoval 3B41231010.250.308.583.8919.5
M. Hernandez SS40000002.000.000.000.0000.0
Total37510513618-----
  • a-struck out for Holt in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B31100010.375.583.8751.4582.5
N. Castellanos 3B31100111.273.385.8181.2034.5
M. Cabrera 1B30000112.000.250.000.2500.5
V. Martinez DH20120110.250.364.250.6143.5
A. Romine PR-DH01000000.000.000.000.0001.0
J. Upton LF21000212.167.500.167.6672.5
T. Collins RF31200012.375.375.7501.1251.5
a- M. Mahtook PH-RF10110000.200.333.400.7333.0
J. McCann C31121100.222.417.556.9728.0
J. Jones CF30110110.200.333.500.8332.5
J. Iglesias SS40000004.000.000.000.0000.0
Total2768617711-----
  • a-doubled for Collins in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Moreland, C. Young, P. Sandoval
  • HR - P. Sandoval
  • RBI - C. Young, J. Bradley, P. Sandoval 3 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval 3 (4)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Mahtook
  • 3B - N. Castellanos
  • HR - J. McCann
  • SF - V. Martinez
  • RBI - V. Martinez 2 (2), M. Mahtook, J. McCann 2 (2), J. Jones (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Mahtook, J. Jones
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Benintendi
BASERUNNING
  • CS - T. Collins
FIELDING
  • E - T. Collins
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Wright6.27443415.401.506.0
B. Taylor0.10000100.000.000.5
H. Hembree (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.20222209.003.00-8.0
R. Scott (BS, 1)0.01000000.000.00-1.0
J. Kelly0.10002000.006.00-2.0
Total8.0966771---
PITCHERSIP
S. Wright6.2
B. Taylor0.1
H. Hembree (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.2
R. Scott (BS, 1)0.0
J. Kelly0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fulmer6.04002400.001.0017.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.00000100.000.003.5
B. Rondon0.123310020.259.00-6.0
A. Wilson (H, 1)0.111101013.503.00-1.5
F. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.13110013.862.256.0
Total9.01055361---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fulmer6.0
J. Wilson (H, 1)1.0
B. Rondon0.1
A. Wilson (H, 1)0.1
F. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - S. Wright
  • HBP - S. Wright
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 93-57, B. Taylor 4-3, H. Hembree 30-17, R. Scott 4-3, J. Kelly 14-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 5-7, J. Kelly 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, B. Taylor, H. Hembree 4, R. Scott, J. Kelly 3
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Wilson
  • HBP - M. Fulmer
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 95-57, J. Wilson 19-12, B. Rondon 24-11, A. Wilson 8-5, F. Rodriguez 29-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 5-8, J. Wilson 1-2, F. Rodriguez 1-3
  • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 24, J. Wilson 4, B. Rondon 4, A. Wilson 2, F. Rodriguez 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Jones walked, Upton scored, Mahtook to third, McCann to second56
    Mahtook doubled to deep left, Romine scored, Upton to third55
    Sandoval homered to left center, Young and Bradley scored54
    Bradley singled to right, Moreland scored, Young to third24
    Young doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored, Moreland to third14
  • 7TH INNING
    McCann homered to left, Collins scored04
  • 6TH INNING
    Martinez singled to left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second02
  • 1ST INNING
    Martinez hit sacrifice fly to left, Kinsler scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Heath Hembree relieved Ben Taylor
    • S. Selsky: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Selsky grounded out to first
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pedroia reached on an infield single
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to left
    • M. Moreland: Moreland doubled to right, Pedroia to third
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Young popped out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Bruce Rondon relieved Justin Wilson
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pedroia lined out to center
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi walked
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moreland singled to right, Benintendi to third
    • C. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Young doubled to deep left, Benintendi scored, Moreland to third
    • Alex Wilson relieved Bruce Rondon
    • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Bradley singled to right, Moreland scored, Young to third
    • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
    • Francisco Rodriguez relieved Alex Wilson
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sandoval homered to left center, Young and Bradley scored
    • M. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • H. Hembree Pitching:
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
    • Andrew Romine ran for Victor Martinez
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked, Romine to second
    • Robby Scott relieved Heath Hembree
    • Mikie Mahtook hit for Tyler Collins
    • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mahtook doubled to deep left, Romine scored, Upton to third
    • Joe Kelly relieved Robby Scott
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
    • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones walked, Upton scored, Mahtook to third, McCann to second
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded into fielder's choice to second, Jones out at second
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Justin Wilson relieved Michael Fulmer
    • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Leon grounded out to second
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sandoval safe at first on center fielder Collins fielding error, Sandoval to second
    • M. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez lined out to shortstop
    • B. Holt: Ball, Sandoval to third on wild pitch
    • S. Selsky: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Selsky struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • S. Wright Pitching:
    • T. Collins: Ball, Collins singled to right center
    • J. McCann: McCann homered to left, Collins scored
    • J. Jones: Jones popped out to second
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Iglesias flied out to center
    • Ben Taylor relieved Steven Wright
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kinsler struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Moreland flied out to right
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley lined out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Wright Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Strike swinging, Foul, Kinsler lined out to center
    • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos tripled to left center
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera intentionally walked
    • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Upton grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cabrera to third, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Sandoval doubled to deep right
    • M. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez flied out to shallow center
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked
    • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pedroia reached on fielder's choice to first, Sandoval to third, Holt out at second
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Wright Pitching:
    • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias lined out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Young singled to left
    • J. Bradley: Foul, Bradley flied out to right
    • S. Leon: Leon grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Young out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Wright Pitching:
    • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • T. Collins: Collins reached on an infield single
    • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Collins caught stealing, catcher to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • M. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Holt singled to shallow right
    • D. Pedroia: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pedroia singled to left, Holt to second
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Benintendi hit by pitch, Holt to third, Pedroia to second
    • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Wright Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Kinsler hit by pitch
    • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Castellanos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kinsler out at second
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young flied out to right
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bradley lined out to center
    • S. Leon: Leon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Wright Pitching:
    • J. McCann: Foul, McCann grounded out to third
    • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Jones singled to shallow center
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Jones out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Fulmer Pitching:
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
    • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
    • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moreland flied out to shallow right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Wright Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler singled to shallow center
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos walked, Kinsler to second
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Cabrera flied out to shallow right, Kinsler to third
    • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to left, Kinsler scored
    • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Upton walked, Castellanos to second
    • T. Collins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Collins struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)