Martinez hits 20th, Wright pitches Red Sox past Tigers 6-0

BOSTON (AP) Steven Wright needed a few pitches to get Detroit off balance, then kept the Tigers guessing for seven innings.

Making his first start in more than a year, Wright used a combination of knuckleballs and fastballs to hold the Tigers to two hits as he and the Boston Red Sox won 6-0 Tuesday night.

''There were definitely a lot of emotions going in - good emotions, but it's something that I've got to keep in check,'' said Wright, who had surgery on his left knee last May that cost him most of the 2017 season.

J.D. Martinez hit his 20th home run for Boston, and Xander Bogaerts led off the fifth with his ninth of the season.

Wright was grateful for the offense as well as the defensive support he got right away after walking Leonys Martin to start the game. Nicholas Castellanos followed with a double off the Green Monster in left, where Andrew Benintendi fielded the bounce and threw a strike to Bogaerts, who relayed home in time for Christian Vazquez to tag out a sliding Martin.

''Once they made that unbelievable relay in the first, I was able to kind of calm down a little bit,'' Wright said.

Wright (2-0), the knuckleballer who served a 15-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, also missed time this season after an injection on his surgically repaired knee sent him to the disabled list. He made six relief appearances before getting the start Tuesday, allowing only two hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

''He started throwing that fastball and that's when the at-bats got really tough,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''As a hitter, it's tough to pick up. You could see he was gaining confidence and there was momentum. Like I said, he was outstanding.''

Castellanos, who also singled in the third, was the only Detroit player with a hit against Wright, who retired the last 13 batters he faced. Dixon Machado's two-out single in the eighth against reliever Hector Velazquez was the only other hit for the Tigers, who have lost three of four.

''Well, it's a slow pitch but it doesn't ever do the same thing twice in a row,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''I don't think too many of our hitters have seen knuckleballs, especially the younger guys. So it was an experience for them. Maybe they'll be better next time. But that's not an easy art. You need a tennis racket to hit those things sometimes.''

Artie Lewicki (0-1) made his first start in the majors and lasted 3 2/3 innings, loading the bases twice in the fourth before getting pulled with Detroit trailing 4-0. He allowed four runs - two earned - on five hits and three walks.

Martinez put Boston up 2-0 in the first with a homer off a sign above the Green Monster.

''I don't hit balls like that with my driver,'' Wright said. ''It's exciting. There's such a difference in everybody, but they all can hurt you in different ways.''

Boston scored two more in the fourth, when Martinez reached on a throwing error by third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who jammed a finger on the play and left the game. Mitch Moreland and Eduardo Nunez followed with back-to-back singles to add another run, and Moreland scored later on a fielder's choice.

''I'd definitely like to improve my fastball command and just being able to finish hitters or put them away early,'' Lewicki said. ''We've been playing well. I just would have liked to go out there and give us a better chance to win.''

Warwick Saupold came in from the bullpen and retired Benintendi to end the inning, only to run into his own troubles in the fifth when Bogaerts drove his first pitch into Boston's bullpen.

RELIEVED RELIEVERS

Wright was especially pleased with how deep he went on 96 pitches, saying it helped out a weary group of relievers in the bullpen who had a late flight home from Houston on Sunday night. Velazquez pitched the eighth and Brandon Workman got through the ninth on only nine pitches.

J.D. POWER

Martinez, who played three-plus seasons with the Tigers, said the two-run homer against his former club wasn't personal.

''I really came into my own there, so I've got a lot of love for that organization,'' he said. ''It feels satisfying any time you hit a home run. It doesn't matter who it's against.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Candelario exited with a jammed middle finger and was replaced by Ronny Rodriguez.

Red Sox: Placed LHP Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left biceps. Boston recalled Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Cora said 2B Dustin Pedroia got some good news when he had his left knee checked out after going back on the disabled list Saturday with soreness. Although the 2008 AL MVP has some inflammation, Cora said there are no complications from the surgery and Pedroia could resume baseball activities in the next couple of days.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Blaine Hardy (2-0, 2.77 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in four starts this season, winning his last two.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-1, 3.88) has won his last three starts, holding Toronto to two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings last Wednesday to close out May with a 3-1 record.

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DET29-33
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BOS42-19
20022000X6100
  • W: S. Wright (2-0)L: A. Lewicki (0-1)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (20), X. Bogaerts (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF30000101.254.325.444.7701.0
N. Castellanos RF40200010.336.378.521.8992.5
M. Cabrera 1B30000101.307.394.482.8761.0
V. Martinez DH40000012.251.314.366.680-0.5
J. Candelario 3B20000022.267.361.513.874-1.0
R. Rodriguez 3B10000000.133.125.133.2580.0
J. McCann C20000100.254.314.376.6901.0
J. Jones LF30000011.218.264.373.637-0.5
J. Iglesias SS30000011.256.306.374.680-0.5
D. Machado 2B30100001.214.265.302.5681.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF51100014.294.377.529.9073.5
    X. Bogaerts SS31111121.282.340.529.8696.0
    J. Martinez DH43221001.318.377.6591.03610.0
    M. Moreland 1B41200000.310.373.6281.0003.0
    E. Nunez 2B40210000.263.282.385.6673.0
    B. Holt RF30010112.309.383.457.8411.5
    R. Devers 3B30000112.223.279.395.6750.5
    C. Vazquez C30000103.188.235.243.4781.0
    J. Bradley CF30200110.200.294.300.5942.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (20)
      BATTING
      • HR - X. Bogaerts (9), J. Martinez (20)
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts (31), J. Martinez 2 (52), E. Nunez (15), B. Holt (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (10)
      • Picked Off - J. Bradley
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Iglesias-Cabrera; Machado-Iglesias-Cabrera)
      • E - J. Candelario (6)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (6)
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Lewicki (L, 0-1)3.25423213.861.66-5.0
      W. Saupold2.14222113.511.52-1.5
      B. Farmer1.00000106.261.833.5
      Z. Reininger1.01000207.941.943.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Lewicki (L, 0-1)3.2
      W. Saupold2.1
      B. Farmer1.0
      Z. Reininger1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Wright (W, 2-0)7.02003601.571.0429.0
      H. Velazquez1.01000002.051.432.0
      B. Workman1.00000000.000.003.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Wright (W, 2-0)7.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      B. Workman1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - W. Saupold
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Lewicki 71-40, W. Saupold 35-18, B. Farmer 9-7, Z. Reininger 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Lewicki 8-0, W. Saupold 5-0, B. Farmer 1-1, Z. Reininger 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Lewicki 18, W. Saupold 12, B. Farmer 3, Z. Reininger 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 96-57, H. Velazquez 19-13, B. Workman 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 9-4, H. Velazquez 2-1, B. Workman 2-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Wright 24, H. Velazquez 4, B. Workman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET29-33
      000000000031
      BOS42-19
      20022000X6100
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF30000101.254.325.444.7701.0
      N. Castellanos RF40200010.336.378.521.8992.5
      M. Cabrera 1B30000101.307.394.482.8761.0
      V. Martinez DH40000012.251.314.366.680-0.5
      J. Candelario 3B20000022.267.361.513.874-1.0
      R. Rodriguez 3B10000000.133.125.133.2580.0
      J. McCann C20000100.254.314.376.6901.0
      J. Jones LF30000011.218.264.373.637-0.5
      J. Iglesias SS30000011.256.306.374.680-0.5
      D. Machado 2B30100001.214.265.302.5681.0
      Total280300369-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Benintendi LF51100014.294.377.529.9073.5
        X. Bogaerts SS31111121.282.340.529.8696.0
        J. Martinez DH43221001.318.377.6591.03610.0
        M. Moreland 1B41200000.310.373.6281.0003.0
        E. Nunez 2B40210000.263.282.385.6673.0
        B. Holt RF30010112.309.383.457.8411.5
        R. Devers 3B30000112.223.279.395.6750.5
        C. Vazquez C30000103.188.235.243.4781.0
        J. Bradley CF30200110.200.294.300.5942.5
        Total32610525613-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (20)
          BATTING
          • HR - X. Bogaerts (9), J. Martinez (20)
          • RBI - X. Bogaerts (31), J. Martinez 2 (52), E. Nunez (15), B. Holt (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Benintendi (10)
          • Picked Off - J. Bradley
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Iglesias-Cabrera; Machado-Iglesias-Cabrera)
          • E - J. Candelario (6)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (6)
          • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Moreland)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Lewicki (L, 0-1)3.25423213.861.66-5.0
          W. Saupold2.14222113.511.52-1.5
          B. Farmer1.00000106.261.833.5
          Z. Reininger1.01000207.941.943.0
          Total8.01064562---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Lewicki (L, 0-1)3.2
          W. Saupold2.1
          B. Farmer1.0
          Z. Reininger1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Wright (W, 2-0)7.02003601.571.0429.0
          H. Velazquez1.01000002.051.432.0
          B. Workman1.00000000.000.003.0
          Total9.0300360---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Wright (W, 2-0)7.0
          H. Velazquez1.0
          B. Workman1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - W. Saupold
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Lewicki 71-40, W. Saupold 35-18, B. Farmer 9-7, Z. Reininger 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Lewicki 8-0, W. Saupold 5-0, B. Farmer 1-1, Z. Reininger 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Lewicki 18, W. Saupold 12, B. Farmer 3, Z. Reininger 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 96-57, H. Velazquez 19-13, B. Workman 9-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 9-4, H. Velazquez 2-1, B. Workman 2-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Wright 24, H. Velazquez 4, B. Workman 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Holt grounded out to second, Martinez scored, Moreland to third, Nunez to second06
            Bogaerts homered to right center05
          • 4TH INNING
            Devers grounded into double play shortstop to first, Moreland scored, Nunez to third, Holt out at second04
            Nunez singled to left, Martinez scored, Moreland to second03
          • 1ST INNING
            Martinez homered to center, Benintendi scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brandon Workman relieved Hector Velazquez
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera fouled out to first
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Steven Wright
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Iglesias lined out to right
            • D. Machado: Machado singled to right
            • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Martin grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Zac Reininger relieved Buck Farmer
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley singled to center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: McCann popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Buck Farmer relieved Warwick Saupold
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Moreland lined out to left
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to second
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Martin grounded out to first
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts homered to right center
            • J. Martinez: Martinez singled to deep left
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland singled to center, Martinez to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to deep left, Martinez to third, Moreland to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to second, Martinez scored, Moreland to third, Nunez to second
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers intentionally walked
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Devers out at second
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez flied out to left
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martinez safe at first on 3rd baseman Candelario fielding error, Martinez to second
            • Ronny Rodriguez at third base
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to center, Martinez to third
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to left, Martinez scored, Moreland to second
            • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt walked, Moreland to third, Nunez to second
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers grounded into double play shortstop to first, Moreland scored, Nunez to third, Holt out at second
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Vazquez to second
            • Warwick Saupold relieved Artie Lewicki
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martin lined out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos singled to deep left
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castellanos out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley singled to center
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bradley picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Jones grounded out to third, McCann to second
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Wright Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castellanos doubled to left center, Martin out at home
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez popped out to shortstop
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Lewicki Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi singled to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi stole second
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez homered to center, Benintendi scored
            • M. Moreland: Foul, Moreland grounded out to first
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)