Martin home run, big 1st inning lift Tigers over Red Sox 7-2

BOSTON (AP) Detroit had trouble containing Boston's offense during the first two games of their series. The Tigers took advantage of a first-time starter to find some of their own.

Leonys Martin had a two-run homer to cap a five-run first inning and the Tigers beat the Red Sox 7-2 on Thursday night.

Detroit's victory ended a four-game win streak for Boston, which had outscored the Tigers 13-1 in the first two games of the series.

Detroit's early onslaught spoiled the major-league debut of 24-year-old left-hander Jalen Beeks (0-1), who had a night to forget after having been called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.

Left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-4) was solid in his third career start against Boston, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up a solo home run to Andrew Benintendi and had three wild pitches, but they were just blips during a quiet offensive night for Boston. The Tigers have won five of Boyd's last six starts.

''We needed him to get into the second half of the game and he did a nice job,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''That's a great lineup over there. He had to battle through.''

Martin also had a triple and scored twice.

''Getting a five-run first, we actually walked more people than we wanted to early on but ... we want to be aggressive,'' Tigers catcher John Hicks said. ''If you're going to beat us, you're going to have to drive in seven runs.''

Trailing late, Boston loaded the bases with one out in the eighth on reliever Joe Jimenez, but he struck out Sam Travis and Rafael Devers to end the threat.

Beeks struck out the first batter of the night but ended his first big league inning by giving up five runs on four hits, to put Detroit in front. That is the most earned runs given up by a Red Sox starter in his first career inning pitched, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

For the night, Beeks gave up six runs on seven hits with four strikeouts before being pulled after four innings.

''Disappointing. Obviously not how you want to come out,'' Beeks said.

After a whirlwind 24 hours that included him quickly making arrangements for more than a dozen family members to be in attendance, his debut was short on highlights.

Nicholas Castellanos got Detroit going in the first when he doubled off the Green Monster. Beeks walked Miguel Cabrera but Castellanos was able to tag and advance to third when Victor Martinez popped out to right.

Jeimer Candelario then ripped an RBI double down the left field line. Hicks kept the rally going with a two-run single. Martin then made it 5-0 with his blast over the Green Monster. The inning finally came to an end when Beeks got Jose Iglesias to pop out on the infield.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: J.D. Martinez was pulled after the seventh inning because of back tightness. Manager Alex Cora said it wasn't as bad as in the Houston series and was done for precautionary reasons. ... RF Mookie Betts (abdominal strain) participated in batting practice before Thursday's game. ''Taking steps in the right direction,'' Betts said. ''You don't want to rush it, because then you'll be out for a long time. I'm gonna take things slow and continue to progress. ... Jackie Bradley Jr. had a scheduled day off on Thursday. Manager Alex Cora said Bradley did not have any lingering issues after twice being hit by a pitch during Wednesday's win over the Tigers.

MR. MULTIPLE

Thursday marked the 19th multi-hit game of 2018 for Martin and his fourth with multiple extra-base hits.

LEAD-OFF MAN

Benintendi has now homered in four of his last five games. He is the first Red Sox player other than Betts to hit a leadoff home run since Brock Holt on July 13, 2014.

NICE PLAYS

Both teams had a pair of highlight-worthy defensive plays.

Devers denied Castellanos an extra-base hit in the second inning when he dove to snare his hard-hit line drive down the third base line.

Then with the Red Sox threatening in the seventh with a runner on second, shortstop Iglesias returned the favor by knocking down Benintendi's sharply hit ground ball and getting up to throw him out.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Right-hander Michael Fulmer (2-5, 4.73 ERA) is set to start Friday as Detroit returns home to begin a three-game series with Cleveland.

Red Sox: Left-hander Chris Sale (5-3, 3.00) gets the start for Boston when it begins its three-game series with the White Sox at Fenway on Friday. Sale has won four straight decisions and ranks second in the American League with 110 strikeouts.

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DET30-34
5010000107100
BOS43-20
100010000270
  • W: M. Boyd (4-4)L: J. Beeks (0-1)
  • HR: DET - L. Martin (8), BOS - A. Benintendi (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jones LF50000044.219.267.378.645-2.0
N. Castellanos RF51100011.331.371.512.8832.5
M. Cabrera 1B31000210.306.397.471.8682.5
V. Martinez DH40000122.242.310.353.6620.0
J. Candelario 3B42210013.272.363.518.8815.5
J. Hicks C41220000.278.318.438.7565.0
L. Martin CF42221022.259.327.467.79410.0
J. Iglesias SS40220000.261.308.379.6885.0
D. Machado 2B40100003.215.265.301.5661.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi CF51211005.299.378.554.9327.0
    X. Bogaerts SS50010011.284.340.525.8650.5
    J. Martinez RF20000110.314.374.6461.0200.5
    B. Holt RF10100000.316.389.463.8521.0
    M. Moreland 1B30100121.303.367.612.9792.0
    E. Nunez 2B40100002.258.276.376.6521.0
    S. Travis LF30000113.250.333.250.5830.5
    R. Devers 3B40100023.228.282.399.6810.0
    C. Vazquez DH30000112.199.248.278.5270.5
    B. Swihart C31100101.167.250.204.4544.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (21), J. Candelario (15), J. Iglesias (17)
      • 3B - L. Martin (3)
      • HR - L. Martin (8)
      • RBI - J. Candelario (27), J. Hicks 2 (22), L. Martin 2 (22), J. Iglesias 2 (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (6), J. Hicks 2 (11), L. Martin 2 (8)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland (13), B. Swihart (2)
      • HR - A. Benintendi (11)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (44), X. Bogaerts (34)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Iglesias-Cabrera)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (W, 4-4)6.14224613.201.0921.0
      A. Wilson0.20000004.350.970.0
      J. Jimenez1.02001202.371.121.0
      S. Greene1.01000003.381.262.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (W, 4-4)6.1
      A. Wilson0.2
      J. Jimenez1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Beeks (L, 0-1)4.076634113.502.50-7.0
      B. Johnson4.03110504.831.4210.5
      H. Velazquez1.00000201.991.394.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Beeks (L, 0-1)4.0
      B. Johnson4.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Boyd 3 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 101-58, A. Wilson 7-4, J. Jimenez 23-13, S. Greene 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-7, A. Wilson 2-0, S. Greene 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 26, A. Wilson 2, J. Jimenez 6, S. Greene 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Beeks 88-57, B. Johnson 56-42, H. Velazquez 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Beeks 2-6, B. Johnson 6-1, H. Velazquez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Beeks 22, B. Johnson 15, H. Velazquez 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET30-34
      5010000107100
      BOS43-20
      100010000270
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jones LF50000044.219.267.378.645-2.0
      N. Castellanos RF51100011.331.371.512.8832.5
      M. Cabrera 1B31000210.306.397.471.8682.5
      V. Martinez DH40000122.242.310.353.6620.0
      J. Candelario 3B42210013.272.363.518.8815.5
      J. Hicks C41220000.278.318.438.7565.0
      L. Martin CF42221022.259.327.467.79410.0
      J. Iglesias SS40220000.261.308.379.6885.0
      D. Machado 2B40100003.215.265.301.5661.0
      Total377107131115-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Benintendi CF51211005.299.378.554.9327.0
        X. Bogaerts SS50010011.284.340.525.8650.5
        J. Martinez RF20000110.314.374.6461.0200.5
        B. Holt RF10100000.316.389.463.8521.0
        M. Moreland 1B30100121.303.367.612.9792.0
        E. Nunez 2B40100002.258.276.376.6521.0
        S. Travis LF30000113.250.333.250.5830.5
        R. Devers 3B40100023.228.282.399.6810.0
        C. Vazquez DH30000112.199.248.278.5270.5
        B. Swihart C31100101.167.250.204.4544.0
        Total3327215818-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (21), J. Candelario (15), J. Iglesias (17)
          • 3B - L. Martin (3)
          • HR - L. Martin (8)
          • RBI - J. Candelario (27), J. Hicks 2 (22), L. Martin 2 (22), J. Iglesias 2 (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (6), J. Hicks 2 (11), L. Martin 2 (8)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moreland (13), B. Swihart (2)
          • HR - A. Benintendi (11)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi (44), X. Bogaerts (34)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Iglesias-Cabrera)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd (W, 4-4)6.14224613.201.0921.0
          A. Wilson0.20000004.350.970.0
          J. Jimenez1.02001202.371.121.0
          S. Greene1.01000003.381.262.0
          Total9.0722581---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd (W, 4-4)6.1
          A. Wilson0.2
          J. Jimenez1.0
          S. Greene1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Beeks (L, 0-1)4.076634113.502.50-7.0
          B. Johnson4.03110504.831.4210.5
          H. Velazquez1.00000201.991.394.0
          Total9.010773111---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Beeks (L, 0-1)4.0
          B. Johnson4.0
          H. Velazquez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Boyd 3 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 101-58, A. Wilson 7-4, J. Jimenez 23-13, S. Greene 10-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-7, A. Wilson 2-0, S. Greene 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 26, A. Wilson 2, J. Jimenez 6, S. Greene 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Beeks 88-57, B. Johnson 56-42, H. Velazquez 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Beeks 2-6, B. Johnson 6-1, H. Velazquez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Beeks 22, B. Johnson 15, H. Velazquez 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Iglesias singled to right, Candelario scored, Hicks to second72
          • 5TH INNING
            Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Swihart scored62
          • 3RD INNING
            Iglesias doubled to deep left, Martin scored61
          • 1ST INNING
            Benintendi homered to right center51
            Martin homered to left, Hicks scored50
            Hicks singled to right, Cabrera and Candelario scored30
            Candelario doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Brian Johnson
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to center
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Swihart flied out to deep center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi singled to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Benintendi to second on fielder's indifference, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brock Holt in right field
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Candelario singled to left
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hicks singled to right, Candelario to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Iglesias singled to right, Candelario scored, Hicks to second
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Machado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hicks to third, Iglesias out at second
            • J. Jones: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Alex Wilson
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts popped out to shortstop
            • B. Holt: Holt singled to right
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland walked, Holt to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to center, Holt to third, Moreland to second
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
            • Alex Wilson relieved Matthew Boyd
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Swihart grounded out to first, Vazquez to second
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Nunez grounded out to second
            • S. Travis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Travis grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Brian Johnson relieved Jalen Beeks
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks lined out to center
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Swihart doubled to left center
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi fouled out to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Swihart to third on wild pitch, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop, Swihart scored
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Foul, Martinez flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Travis lined out to left
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Devers lined out to center
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Hicks popped out to first
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Martin tripled to deep right
            • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Iglesias doubled to deep left, Martin scored
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Machado flied out to left
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to second
            • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to left
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland doubled to deep center
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Ball, Machado singled to left
            • J. Jones: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos lined out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera walked, Machado to second
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked, Machado to third, Cabrera to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • S. Travis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Travis walked
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers singled to center, Travis to second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Travis to third, Devers to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Swihart walked
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded into double play shortstop to first, Swihart out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Jones struck out on foul tip
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Castellanos doubled to deep left
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep right, Castellanos to third
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to third
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks singled to right, Cabrera and Candelario scored
            • L. Martin: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Martin homered to left, Hicks scored
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias popped out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi homered to right center
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Moreland struck out on foul tip
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Martinez to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Nunez flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)