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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

SPECIAL DONATION

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.

NICE TOUCH

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.

UP NEXT

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.

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TigersDET29-32
000021000390
Red SoxBOS34-27
00201035X11131
  • W: C. Sale (8-2)L: W. Saupold (1-1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B41200000.247.340.371.7113.0
N. Castellanos 3B40110022.229.306.407.7132.0
M. Cabrera 1B40110023.263.369.406.7751.0
V. Martinez DH40100023.274.354.398.7520.0
J. Martinez RF40000022.297.389.7141.103-1.0
J. Upton LF41100010.256.345.493.8372.5
M. Mahtook CF40110000.230.269.446.7152.0
J. McCann C40000001.190.273.397.6690.0
J. Iglesias SS41200001.261.289.383.6724.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF31000303.261.345.453.7984.0
    D. Pedroia 2B43210001.291.363.374.7376.0
    D. Marrero 2B0000-000.159.198.305.000-
    X. Bogaerts SS52310012.332.385.462.8477.5
    M. Moreland 1B32230210.281.382.492.8749.5
    A. Benintendi LF41130013.266.333.413.7464.5
    H. Ramirez DH50100015.243.343.405.7480.5
    J. Bradley CF40100111.232.328.437.7651.5
    J. Rutledge 3B21220300.270.357.324.68110.0
    S. Leon C41110034.222.270.359.6291.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (14), J. Upton (13), J. Iglesias (14)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (31), M. Cabrera (28), M. Mahtook (11)
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts 2 (15), M. Moreland (18)
      • SF - D. Pedroia (3), A. Benintendi (6), S. Leon
      • RBI - D. Pedroia (22), X. Bogaerts (23), M. Moreland 3 (35), A. Benintendi 3 (34), J. Rutledge 2 (9), S. Leon (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (10), J. Rutledge
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Rutledge
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Bradley
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander5.05334304.681.484.5
      D. Stumpf0.20001209.003.500.0
      W. Saupold (L, 1-1)1.04331103.241.14-9.5
      F. Rodriguez0.10000106.861.630.5
      A. Leon1.045531012.151.95-8.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander5.0
      D. Stumpf0.2
      W. Saupold (L, 1-1)1.0
      F. Rodriguez0.1
      A. Leon1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale (W, 8-2)7.09330702.970.9622.5
      M. Barnes (H, 9)1.00000203.621.134.0
      B. Boyer1.00000003.381.383.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale (W, 8-2)7.0
      M. Barnes (H, 9)1.0
      B. Boyer1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Saupold (2)
      • IBB - J. Verlander, W. Saupold (3), A. Leon
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 108-70, D. Stumpf 14-6, W. Saupold 29-18, F. Rodriguez 4-3, A. Leon 36-24
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-8, W. Saupold 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, D. Stumpf 3, W. Saupold 8, F. Rodriguez, A. Leon 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 110-82, M. Barnes 13-10, B. Boyer 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-8, M. Barnes 1-0, B. Boyer 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 30, M. Barnes 3, B. Boyer 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      TigersDET29-32
      000021000390
      Red SoxBOS34-27
      00201035X11131
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B41200000.247.340.371.7113.0
      N. Castellanos 3B40110022.229.306.407.7132.0
      M. Cabrera 1B40110023.263.369.406.7751.0
      V. Martinez DH40100023.274.354.398.7520.0
      J. Martinez RF40000022.297.389.7141.103-1.0
      J. Upton LF41100010.256.345.493.8372.5
      M. Mahtook CF40110000.230.269.446.7152.0
      J. McCann C40000001.190.273.397.6690.0
      J. Iglesias SS41200001.261.289.383.6724.0
      Total3639300912-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF31000303.261.345.453.7984.0
        D. Pedroia 2B43210001.291.363.374.7376.0
        D. Marrero 2B0000-000.159.198.305.000-
        X. Bogaerts SS52310012.332.385.462.8477.5
        M. Moreland 1B32230210.281.382.492.8749.5
        A. Benintendi LF41130013.266.333.413.7464.5
        H. Ramirez DH50100015.243.343.405.7480.5
        J. Bradley CF40100111.232.328.437.7651.5
        J. Rutledge 3B21220300.270.357.324.68110.0
        S. Leon C41110034.222.270.359.6291.5
        Total3411131109819-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (14), J. Upton (13), J. Iglesias (14)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (31), M. Cabrera (28), M. Mahtook (11)
          BATTING
          • 2B - X. Bogaerts 2 (15), M. Moreland (18)
          • SF - D. Pedroia (3), A. Benintendi (6), S. Leon
          • RBI - D. Pedroia (22), X. Bogaerts (23), M. Moreland 3 (35), A. Benintendi 3 (34), J. Rutledge 2 (9), S. Leon (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moreland (10), J. Rutledge
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Rutledge
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Bradley
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Verlander5.05334304.681.484.5
          D. Stumpf0.20001209.003.500.0
          W. Saupold (L, 1-1)1.04331103.241.14-9.5
          F. Rodriguez0.10000106.861.630.5
          A. Leon1.045531012.151.95-8.5
          Total8.0131111980---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Verlander5.0
          D. Stumpf0.2
          W. Saupold (L, 1-1)1.0
          F. Rodriguez0.1
          A. Leon1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sale (W, 8-2)7.09330702.970.9622.5
          M. Barnes (H, 9)1.00000203.621.134.0
          B. Boyer1.00000003.381.383.0
          Total9.0933090---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sale (W, 8-2)7.0
          M. Barnes (H, 9)1.0
          B. Boyer1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - W. Saupold (2)
          • IBB - J. Verlander, W. Saupold (3), A. Leon
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 108-70, D. Stumpf 14-6, W. Saupold 29-18, F. Rodriguez 4-3, A. Leon 36-24
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-8, W. Saupold 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, D. Stumpf 3, W. Saupold 8, F. Rodriguez, A. Leon 10
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 110-82, M. Barnes 13-10, B. Boyer 15-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 6-8, M. Barnes 1-0, B. Boyer 2-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sale 30, M. Barnes 3, B. Boyer 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Leon hit sacrifice fly to left, Benintendi scored311
            Rutledge walked, Moreland scored, Benintendi to third, Bradley to second310
            Benintendi singled to left, Pedroia and Bogaerts scored, Moreland to second39
            Bogaerts doubled to left center, Betts scored, Pedroia to third37
          • 7TH INNING
            Rutledge singled to right center, Moreland scored, Bradley to third36
            Moreland doubled to deep left, Pedroia and Bogaerts scored35
          • 6TH INNING
            Mahtook singled to center, Upton scored, Mahtook to second on center fielder Bradley fielding error33
          • 5TH INNING
            Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Pedroia scored, Bogaerts to third23
            Cabrera grounded out to second, Kinsler scored, Castellanos to third22
            Castellanos doubled to left, Iglesias scored, Kinsler to third12
          • 3RD INNING
            Moreland singled to right, Leon scored, Betts to third02
            Pedroia hit sacrifice fly to right, Rutledge scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Matt Barnes
            • Deven Marrero at second
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook fouled out to first
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Chris Sale
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Foul, Strike swinging, Upton grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Arcenio Leon relieved Francisco Rodriguez
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Foul, Pedroia singled to center, Betts to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Bogaerts doubled to left center, Betts scored, Pedroia to third
            • M. Moreland: Moreland intentionally walked
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to left, Pedroia and Bogaerts scored, Moreland to second
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bradley reached on an infield single to pitcher, Moreland to third, Benintendi to second
            • J. Rutledge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Rutledge walked, Moreland scored, Benintendi to third, Bradley to second
            • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon hit sacrifice fly to left, Benintendi scored
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Betts flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler flied out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos flied out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia singled to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts singled to left center, Pedroia to second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moreland doubled to deep left, Pedroia and Bogaerts scored
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland to third on wild pitch, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Bradley intentionally walked
            • J. Rutledge: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Rutledge singled to right center, Moreland scored, Bradley to third
            • Francisco Rodriguez relieved Warwick Saupold
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Rutledge stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martinez popped out to shortstop
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Upton doubled to deep left
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Mahtook singled to center, Upton scored, Mahtook to second on center fielder Bradley fielding error
            • J. McCann: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, McCann grounded out to third
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Justin Verlander
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • J. Rutledge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rutledge walked
            • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Leon struck out looking
            • Warwick Saupold relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann flied out to deep right
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Iglesias reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • I. Kinsler: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler singled to center, Iglesias to second
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos doubled to left, Iglesias scored, Kinsler to third
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second, Kinsler scored, Castellanos to third
            • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pedroia reached on fielder's choice to third, Betts out at second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts doubled to deep center, Pedroia to third
            • M. Moreland: Moreland intentionally walked
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi hit sacrifice fly to center, Pedroia scored, Bogaerts to third
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Upton popped out to second
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook flied out to center
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to right
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to first
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rutledge walked
            • S. Leon: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias doubled to left center
            • I. Kinsler: Kinsler singled to right, Iglesias to third
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rutledge singled to center
            • S. Leon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Leon singled to right, Rutledge to third
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts walked, Leon to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia hit sacrifice fly to right, Rutledge scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to right, Leon scored, Betts to third
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • M. Mahtook: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi fouled out to catcher
            • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ramirez singled to right center
            • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bradley flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sale Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Kinsler lined out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to right
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to left, Cabrera to second
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Verlander Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Betts flied out to deep center
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia popped out to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)