Verlander, Sale duel before Castellanos lifts Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Chris Sale pitched a little longer than Justin Verlander in a matchup of ace pitchers, and it might've cost the Boston Red Sox a chance to split their series with the Detroit Tigers.

Nicholas Castellanos chased Sale with a two-out, go-ahead single in the eighth inning and Ian Kinsler homered in the sixth, lifting Detroit over Boston 2-1 on Monday.

''You've got Sale and Verlander going at it, you assume it's going to be a game like this,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''And they didn't disappoint.''

Verlander gave up only an unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out four over seven innings. Justin Wilson (1-0) struck out one and walked one in the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez struck out two and allowed a hit in the ninth, earning his second save in three chances to help Detroit win the four-game series.

Sale (0-1) struck out 10 and gave up two runs and five hits over 7 2/3 innings in his second start. He stayed in the game after pitching seven strong innings because manager John Farrell thought he still looked sharp.

''He was still strong and still had quality stuff,'' Farrell said. ''He pitched around Kinsler with the base open, which I thought he was managing the situation, and he had handled Castellanos the three previous at-bats. He hits one through the hole. He pitched a hell of a game.''

As good as Verlander was, the Tigers and their fans were thrilled with the performance of a beleaguered bullpen. Earlier in the day, Detroit sent struggling right-hander Bruce Rondon to Triple-A and purchased the contract of righty Joe Jimenez. Rondon was once viewed as the future closer for Detroit, but the Tigers swapped him out for a 21-year-old Puerto Rican who has yet to pitch in the majors.

''The bullpen is in flux right now,'' Verlander said. ''But I think that will get a lot better as guys settle into their roles.''

The Comerica Park crowd groaned when Ausmus went to the mound with two outs in the seventh to visit Verlander. He kept the right-hander in the game, much to the delight of the fans, who cheered even louder when Leon, the next batter, popped out to end the inning. Verlander raised his glove in the air to acknowledge a standing ovation, and Ausmus was the first person to shake his hand near the bottom step in the dugout.

''I felt good about leaving him in, but he was over 100 pitches and he'd only been to 103 his last outing and it's only his second start of the season,'' Ausmus said. ''So I wanted to make sure he was OK and still felt strong.''

The Red Sox scored their only run in the second inning after Castellanos' fielding error loaded the bases with no outs.

Mitch Moreland led off the inning with a double and Pablo Sandoval followed with a walk. Chris Young hit a grounder toward Castellanos at third, and instead of potentially starting a double play, he couldn't field the ball cleanly. Brock Holt then hit into a double play, scoring Moreland, and Verlander got Sandy Leon to hit an inning-ending liner to Castellanos.

FLU FIGHTERS

The Red Sox have fumigated and disinfected their clubhouse at Fenway Park to help fight the flu, which has hit the team hard and led to Robbie Ross being on the disabled list and Hanley Ramirez playing just two games.

''You can sit here and try to find excuses all day long,'' Sale said.

Farrell said it has been done a few times while the team has been on the road.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: OF Jackie Bradley Jr. is headed to the disabled list with an injured right knee and Farrell is hopeful he will only be out for 10 days. ... LHP David Price, on the DL with an elbow strain, had a 20-pitch bullpen before the game and may throw again Wednesday.

Tigers: Outfielder Justin Upton was scratched from the lineup with upper back tightness.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Begin a six-game homestand Tuesday night against Baltimore.

Tigers: Host Minnesota on Tuesday afternoon in the first of a three-game series.

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  • W: J. Wilson (1-0)L: C. Sale (0-1)S: F. Rodriguez (2)
  • HR: DET - I. Kinsler (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Pedroia 2B40100000.280.333.280.6131.0
A. Benintendi CF30000101.174.296.304.6011.0
M. Betts RF40000002.100.308.100.4080.0
M. Moreland 1B41300010.333.385.542.9265.5
S. Selsky PR0000-000.167.167.333.000-
P. Sandoval DH30000122.130.200.304.5040.0
C. Young LF40000014.200.304.250.554-0.5
B. Holt 3B30000114.125.417.125.5420.5
S. Leon C30000012.368.368.6321.000-0.5
M. Hernandez SS30000010.286.286.286.571-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B31111111.368.520.7371.2576.5
    N. Castellanos 3B40110020.261.346.652.9981.0
    M. Cabrera 1B40000002.095.240.095.3350.0
    V. Martinez DH30100020.263.348.263.6110.0
    M. Mahtook RF30000011.100.250.200.450-0.5
    J. McCann C30000001.214.389.6431.0320.0
    J. Iglesias SS30000000.091.091.273.3640.0
    J. Jones CF30000030.200.333.467.800-1.5
    A. Romine LF31200010.500.500.8751.3754.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Romine 2 (3)
      • HR - I. Kinsler (2)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler (5), N. Castellanos (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (3), N. Castellanos (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - B. Holt
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Castellanos
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (L, 0-1)7.252211011.230.7816.0
      H. Hembree0.10000007.710.000.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (L, 0-1)7.2
      H. Hembree0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander7.03102401.350.7121.0
      J. Wilson (W, 1-0)1.00001100.001.009.5
      F. Rodriguez (S, 2)1.01000202.701.0010.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander7.0
      J. Wilson (W, 1-0)1.0
      F. Rodriguez (S, 2)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 108-70, H. Hembree 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 3-10
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, H. Hembree
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 112-67, J. Wilson 24-13, F. Rodriguez 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-13, F. Rodriguez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, J. Wilson 4, F. Rodriguez 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS3-3
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      DET4-2
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Pedroia 2B40100000.280.333.280.6131.0
      A. Benintendi CF30000101.174.296.304.6011.0
      M. Betts RF40000002.100.308.100.4080.0
      M. Moreland 1B41300010.333.385.542.9265.5
      S. Selsky PR0000-000.167.167.333.000-
      P. Sandoval DH30000122.130.200.304.5040.0
      C. Young LF40000014.200.304.250.554-0.5
      B. Holt 3B30000114.125.417.125.5420.5
      S. Leon C30000012.368.368.6321.000-0.5
      M. Hernandez SS30000010.286.286.286.571-0.5
      Total3114003715-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        I. Kinsler 2B31111111.368.520.7371.2576.5
        N. Castellanos 3B40110020.261.346.652.9981.0
        M. Cabrera 1B40000002.095.240.095.3350.0
        V. Martinez DH30100020.263.348.263.6110.0
        M. Mahtook RF30000011.100.250.200.450-0.5
        J. McCann C30000001.214.389.6431.0320.0
        J. Iglesias SS30000000.091.091.273.3640.0
        J. Jones CF30000030.200.333.467.800-1.5
        A. Romine LF31200010.500.500.8751.3754.5
        Total2925211105-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moreland 2 (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Romine 2 (3)
          • HR - I. Kinsler (2)
          • RBI - I. Kinsler (5), N. Castellanos (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - I. Kinsler (3), N. Castellanos (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - B. Holt
          FIELDING
          • E - N. Castellanos
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (L, 0-1)7.252211011.230.7816.0
          H. Hembree0.10000007.710.000.0
          Total8.05221101---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (L, 0-1)7.2
          H. Hembree0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander7.03102401.350.7121.0
          J. Wilson (W, 1-0)1.00001100.001.009.5
          F. Rodriguez (S, 2)1.01000202.701.0010.0
          Total9.0410370---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander7.0
          J. Wilson (W, 1-0)1.0
          F. Rodriguez (S, 2)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 108-70, H. Hembree 1-1
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 3-10
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 29, H. Hembree
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 112-67, J. Wilson 24-13, F. Rodriguez 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-13, F. Rodriguez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 26, J. Wilson 4, F. Rodriguez 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Castellanos singled to shallow left, Romine scored, Kinsler to third, Castellanos to second on left fielder Holt fielding error12
          • 6TH INNING
            Kinsler homered to left center11
          • 2ND INNING
            Holt grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moreland scored, Sandoval to third, Young out at second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Francisco Rodriguez relieved Justin Wilson
            • M. Moreland: Moreland singled to shallow right center
            • Steve Selsky ran for Mitch Moreland
            • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Sandoval struck out on foul tip
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young reached on fielder's choice to second, Selsky out at second
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Justin Wilson relieved Justin Verlander
            • M. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia lined out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Iglesias flied out to deep right
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Foul, Romine doubled to shallow left
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler walked
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to shallow left, Romine scored, Kinsler to third, Castellanos to second on left fielder Holt fielding error
            • Heath Hembree relieved Chris Sale
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • P. Sandoval: Ball, Foul, Ball, Sandoval flied out to deep center
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked
            • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Leon popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Martinez singled to shallow left
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook popped out to third
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Benintendi flied out to center
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts lined out to center
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • I. Kinsler: Kinsler homered to left center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • M. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia flied out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Mahtook flied out to right
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann flied out to right
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Iglesias flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moreland doubled to left center
            • P. Sandoval: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
            • C. Young: Young lined out to left
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to deep center
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez lined out to center
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pedroia singled to shallow right
            • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to right
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Betts popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias lined out to center
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Romine doubled to deep left
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland doubled to shallow right
            • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sandoval walked
            • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Young safe at first on 3rd baseman Castellanos fielding error, Moreland to third, Sandoval to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moreland scored, Sandoval to third, Young out at second
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Leon lined out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann popped out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia flied out to deep left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi popped out to shortstop
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos popped out to first
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)