Zimmermann sharp as Tigers beat Red Sox 4-1

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have a lot riding on Jordan Zimmermann this season, so a solid outing in his first start was an encouraging sign.

Zimmermann pitched six sharp innings, and Jose Iglesias and James McCann both homered for Detroit in a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

Zimmermann was terrific for the Tigers last April, but the rest of his season was ruined by neck problems. He labored early against Boston but eventually made it through the middle of the game comfortably.

''Everything feels good. Neck is great,'' the right-hander said. ''First game, so take it slow and move forward.''

Zimmermann (1-0) allowed a run and four hits. Boston led 1-0 when Iglesias tied it in the third with a solo shot to left. McCann's homer in the fifth put Detroit up 2-1, and the Tigers added two more runs that inning.

Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1) allowed four runs and five hits in five innings for the Red Sox, who have had several players out sick recently. Hanley Ramirez and Mookie Betts didn't play Saturday. Outfielder Andrew Benintendi played, but manager John Farrell said he threw up during the game.

''We're hopeful that that was just a one-time deal,'' Farrell said. ''We'll see how he feels when he comes in tomorrow.''

Justin Wilson pitched a perfect ninth for the Tigers for his first save of the season and second of his career. Francisco Rodriguez, the regular closer, got four outs the previous day.

Zimmermann allowed a sacrifice fly by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the second, and the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out in the third. That rally ended when Benintendi grounded into a double play.

After McCann's homer gave the Tigers the lead, Iglesias added an RBI double in the fifth and scored on Ian Kinsler's single.

Bradley made a spectacular play in the eighth on a drive by Nicholas Castellanos, racing over from center field to right-center and catching the ball before slamming into the wall.

''It's a joke. He's making plays that I don't know if anybody else can make,'' Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''It's pretty special the routes he's taking and the way he's getting the ball.''

In the ninth, Bradley appeared hurt when he hit a flyout to left, rounded first and went down holding his right knee. He was eventually able to walk off the field and seemed OK.

TOUGH TRIP

Left-hander Kyle Ryan was activated from the paternity list before the game and made it through a scoreless eighth inning for the Tigers. He had quite an ordeal getting from Florida to Detroit, though.

''His flight got canceled last night,'' Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said before the game. ''They couldn't find any flights to Detroit until Monday, so he flew to Columbus and he's currently in a car.''

Ryan said he took a car service from central Ohio to Detroit.

''I showed up about an hour before the game,'' he said.

SMASH

Boston's Pablo Sandoval hit a foul ball in the second inning that shattered a glass barrier at the front of the upper deck behind home plate. Some debris fell into the lower seating area, but nobody appeared hurt.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price (elbow strain) threw out to 120 feet in what Farrell described as ''another consistent work day.'' ... LHP Drew Pomeranz (forearm strain) remains on track to start Tuesday against Baltimore.

Tigers: Ausmus said OF J.D. Martinez (sprained right foot) was able to swing Friday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (1-0) takes the mound against his former team when he faces Detroit on Sunday.

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris makes his first start of the season.

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  • W: J. Zimmermann (1-0)L: E. Rodriguez (0-1)S: J. Wilson (1)
  • HR: DET - J. Iglesias (1), J. McCann (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Holt DH30000123.200.429.200.6290.0
D. Pedroia 2B30100101.313.389.313.7012.0
A. Benintendi LF40100003.200.333.400.7331.0
M. Moreland 1B41200002.222.222.333.5564.0
P. Sandoval 3B40000004.188.235.438.6730.0
J. Bradley CF30010021.286.353.429.7820.0
C. Young RF40000011.167.286.250.536-0.5
M. Hernandez SS30100010.143.143.143.2860.5
a- S. Selsky PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
C. Vazquez C101000001.0001.0002.0003.0004.0
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40110002.333.500.6671.1672.0
N. Castellanos 3B40000010.200.294.600.894-0.5
M. Cabrera 1B30000130.000.250.000.250-0.5
V. Martinez DH30000111.182.333.182.5150.5
J. Upton LF30000011.111.385.111.496-1.5
M. Mahtook RF20000120.143.333.286.6190.0
J. McCann C21111101.273.467.8181.2857.0
J. Jones CF21100110.250.400.583.9833.5
J. Iglesias SS32221002.133.133.400.53310.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moreland (2), C. Vazquez
    • SF - J. Bradley
    • RBI - J. Bradley (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Jones, J. Iglesias
    • HR - J. McCann (2), J. Iglesias
    • RBI - I. Kinsler (2), J. McCann (3), J. Iglesias 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - J. Upton
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.05443527.201.600.5
    B. Taylor1.10002300.001.502.5
    N. Ramirez1.20000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.0
    B. Taylor1.1
    N. Ramirez1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (W, 1-0)6.04111301.500.8323.5
    S. Greene (H, 1)1.01000209.001.003.0
    K. Ryan (H, 1)1.01001000.002.001.0
    J. Wilson (S, 1)1.00000200.000.0011.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann (W, 1-0)6.0
    S. Greene (H, 1)1.0
    K. Ryan (H, 1)1.0
    J. Wilson (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - E. Rodriguez
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 80-41, B. Taylor 36-19, N. Ramirez 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-4
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 20, B. Taylor 6, N. Ramirez 5
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Greene
    • HBP - J. Zimmermann, S. Greene (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 92-66, S. Greene 24-15, K. Ryan 16-8, J. Wilson 11-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 6-8, K. Ryan 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 23, S. Greene 5, K. Ryan 4, J. Wilson 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    B. Holt DH30000123.200.429.200.6290.0
    D. Pedroia 2B30100101.313.389.313.7012.0
    A. Benintendi LF40100003.200.333.400.7331.0
    M. Moreland 1B41200002.222.222.333.5564.0
    P. Sandoval 3B40000004.188.235.438.6730.0
    J. Bradley CF30010021.286.353.429.7820.0
    C. Young RF40000011.167.286.250.536-0.5
    M. Hernandez SS30100010.143.143.143.2860.5
    a- S. Selsky PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    C. Vazquez C101000001.0001.0002.0003.0004.0
    Total3016102715-----
    • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B40110002.333.500.6671.1672.0
    N. Castellanos 3B40000010.200.294.600.894-0.5
    M. Cabrera 1B30000130.000.250.000.250-0.5
    V. Martinez DH30000111.182.333.182.5150.5
    J. Upton LF30000011.111.385.111.496-1.5
    M. Mahtook RF20000120.143.333.286.6190.0
    J. McCann C21111101.273.467.8181.2857.0
    J. Jones CF21100110.250.400.583.9833.5
    J. Iglesias SS32221002.133.133.400.53310.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland (2), C. Vazquez
      • SF - J. Bradley
      • RBI - J. Bradley (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jones, J. Iglesias
      • HR - J. McCann (2), J. Iglesias
      • RBI - I. Kinsler (2), J. McCann (3), J. Iglesias 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Upton
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.05443527.201.600.5
      B. Taylor1.10002300.001.502.5
      N. Ramirez1.20000100.000.003.5
      Total8.0544592---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)5.0
      B. Taylor1.1
      N. Ramirez1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (W, 1-0)6.04111301.500.8323.5
      S. Greene (H, 1)1.01000209.001.003.0
      K. Ryan (H, 1)1.01001000.002.001.0
      J. Wilson (S, 1)1.00000200.000.0011.0
      Total9.0611270---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (W, 1-0)6.0
      S. Greene (H, 1)1.0
      K. Ryan (H, 1)1.0
      J. Wilson (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Rodriguez
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 80-41, B. Taylor 36-19, N. Ramirez 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-4
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 20, B. Taylor 6, N. Ramirez 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Greene
      • HBP - J. Zimmermann, S. Greene (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 92-66, S. Greene 24-15, K. Ryan 16-8, J. Wilson 11-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 6-8, K. Ryan 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 23, S. Greene 5, K. Ryan 4, J. Wilson 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Kinsler singled to left center, Iglesias scored, Kinsler out at second14
        Iglesias doubled to right center, Jones scored13
        McCann homered to left center12
      • 3RD INNING
        Iglesias homered to left center11
      • 2ND INNING
        Bradley hit sacrifice fly to center, Moreland scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Justin Wilson relieved Kyle Ryan
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley flied out to left
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Young struck out on foul tip
        • Steve Selsky hit for Marco Hernandez
        • S. Selsky: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike looking, Selsky struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Kyle Ryan relieved Shane Greene
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi singled to right, Pedroia to second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Moreland reached on fielder's choice to first, Pedroia to third, Benintendi out at second
        • P. Sandoval: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moreland out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Castellanos flied out to deep center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
        • V. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Greene Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • C. Young: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Young flied out to deep left
        • M. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vazquez hit by pitch, Hernandez to second
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez to third, Vazquez to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Shane Greene relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
        • J. Jones: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jones walked, McCann to second
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Ben Taylor
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Iglesias popped out to first
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi lined out to left
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Sandoval popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ben Taylor relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Upton flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez hit by pitch
        • B. Holt: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Holt flied out to center
        • D. Pedroia: Pedroia lined out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann homered to left center
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones doubled to center
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Jones to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias doubled to right center, Jones scored
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kinsler singled to left center, Iglesias scored, Kinsler out at second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moreland singled to deep right
        • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Sandoval flied out to center
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • C. Young: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Young grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Moreland out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cabrera out at second
        • J. Upton: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Vazquez doubled to deep left
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Holt walked
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Pedroia singled to center, Vazquez to third, Holt to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Holt to third, Pedroia out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias homered to left center
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Kinsler popped out to shortstop
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos lined out to center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moreland doubled to right
        • P. Sandoval: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sandoval flied out to deep center, Moreland to third
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley hit sacrifice fly to center, Moreland scored
        • C. Young: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Young popped out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Upton reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez out at second
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Upton caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Mahtook walked
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • D. Pedroia: Foul, Pedroia grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler flied out to right
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)