Iglesias drives in 4 as Fiers, Tigers blank Red Sox 5-0

DETROIT (AP) Mike Fiers might be pitching his way into a pennant chase.

The Detroit right-hander worked impressively into the seventh inning Saturday night, and Jose Iglesias homered and drove in four runs to lift the Tigers to a 5-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Fiers has been sharp lately, and after lowering his ERA to 3.49, he's looking more and more like someone the rebuilding Tigers might trade to a contender.

''You see it. You see your name pop up here and there,'' Fiers said. ''I've just got to keep my mind focused on baseball and pitching and just go out there every fifth day.''

The major league-leading Red Sox lost for just the second time in 15 games, and their AL East edge over the New York Yankees slipped to 4 1/2 games.

Fiers (7-6) had his first scoreless outing since his Tigers debut April 8, when he beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0 in Detroit's only other shutout this season. This time, he allowed seven hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six.

Brian Johnson (1-3) gave up two unearned runs and five hits in five innings for Boston. He struck out five.

Detroit took the lead in the second after Victor Martinez reached on an error by third baseman Rafael Devers, playing his first game since being reinstated from the disabled list. Devers fielded Martinez's grounder well behind third and his throw went past first, enabling Martinez to arrive safely.

That miscue proved costly when Iglesias came up with two outs and hit a two-run double, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Fiers was with the World Series champion Astros last year, but did not pitch in the postseason. He made one appearance in the playoffs for Houston in 2015.

He's making a nice case for another chance this season. Fiers threw only two balls through the first two innings Saturday, and he allowed three runs or fewer for the ninth time in his last 10 starts. He struck out Xander Bogaerts for the third out of the fifth with runners on first and third.

Boston threatened again in the sixth, but with two on JaCoby Jones was able to run down Jackie Bradley Jr.'s drive at the warning track in left field. In the bottom of the inning, Jeimer Candelario hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0, and Iglesias added a two-run homer .

Fiers exited with runners at the corners in the seventh. Alex Wilson got Bogaerts to ground into a double play, ending the inning.

Boston star Mookie Betts had two hits, raising his big league-leading average to .355. He also made a superb catch in right field in the third, reaching above the wall to catch Leonys Martin's drive.

''I really needed that,'' Johnson said. ''We're so lucky to have this outfield. It is almost scary how many times they make plays like that. They almost seem routine, but they really aren't.''

The Red Sox have been held to one run so far in this series by Detroit, although they did win the opener 1-0 on Friday night.

''Boston's scored one run in two games, and that's hard to do,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''That says a lot about our pitching staff.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Devers (left shoulder inflammation) went 1 for 4. ... 2B Brock Holt, who left Friday's game with a bruised knee, was out of the lineup. Manager Alex Cora said he'd like to give Holt the weekend off. ... DH-OF J.D. Martinez had the day off after running into the wall while making a catch Friday. ''These guys that make the All-Star Game, they really don't have an All-Star break,'' Cora said. ''He's getting the day off because he ran into the wall, but I think it's a good day off for him anyway.''

DENIED

Fiers wanted a chance to face Martinez, his college teammate from Nova Southeastern in Florida. It didn't happen.

''I've already texted him,'' Fiers said. ''All my friends have texted him, too. They're not going to let him off easy.''

UP NEXT

Boston ace Chris Sale (10-4) starts the series finale Sunday against Blaine Hardy (3-2). Sale is 5-1 with a 0.94 ERA in his last seven starts.

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  • W: M. Fiers (7-6)L: B. Johnson (1-3)
  • HR: DET - J. Iglesias (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF50200012.355.444.6771.1211.5
A. Benintendi LF30200100.303.387.520.9073.0
X. Bogaerts SS40000025.280.348.525.873-1.0
M. Moreland 1B40100000.273.347.488.8351.0
S. Pearce DH30000101.321.389.554.9421.0
R. Devers 3B40100022.241.291.422.7130.0
E. Nunez 2B40100012.252.279.355.6350.5
J. Bradley CF40000012.207.293.340.634-0.5
B. Swihart C30100110.211.272.253.5243.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40000020.254.325.424.749-1.0
    N. Goodrum 2B40000030.246.313.445.759-1.5
    N. Castellanos RF40100000.304.357.512.8691.0
    J. Hicks C31000111.271.321.430.7511.5
    V. Martinez DH42100000.228.278.300.5783.0
    J. Candelario 3B31210000.230.326.428.7544.0
    R. Rodriguez 1B30100013.204.254.204.4580.5
    J. Iglesias SS31241012.269.307.385.69310.5
    J. Jones LF30000013.210.267.367.634-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Iglesias (23)
      • HR - J. Iglesias (3)
      • SF - J. Candelario (3)
      • RBI - J. Candelario (36), J. Iglesias 4 (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias 4 (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Swihart (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (20)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Candelario-Goodrum-Rodriguez)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Johnson (L, 1-3)5.05200503.811.427.5
      T. Thornburg1.023311110.381.85-2.5
      R. Brasier1.00000200.000.674.0
      H. Velazquez1.00000102.611.393.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Johnson (L, 1-3)5.0
      T. Thornburg1.0
      R. Brasier1.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 7-6)6.17003603.491.2421.0
      A. Wilson1.20000003.520.993.0
      S. Greene1.01000203.951.243.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 7-6)6.1
      A. Wilson1.2
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Thornburg (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 77-53, T. Thornburg 21-12, R. Brasier 11-9, H. Velazquez 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 6-5, T. Thornburg 1-1, R. Brasier 1-0, H. Velazquez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 21, T. Thornburg 6, R. Brasier 3, H. Velazquez 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 99-65, A. Wilson 10-7, S. Greene 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 6-7, A. Wilson 3-1, S. Greene 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 29, A. Wilson 4, S. Greene 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF50200012.355.444.6771.1211.5
      A. Benintendi LF30200100.303.387.520.9073.0
      X. Bogaerts SS40000025.280.348.525.873-1.0
      M. Moreland 1B40100000.273.347.488.8351.0
      S. Pearce DH30000101.321.389.554.9421.0
      R. Devers 3B40100022.241.291.422.7130.0
      E. Nunez 2B40100012.252.279.355.6350.5
      J. Bradley CF40000012.207.293.340.634-0.5
      B. Swihart C30100110.211.272.253.5243.5
      Total3408003814-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF40000020.254.325.424.749-1.0
        N. Goodrum 2B40000030.246.313.445.759-1.5
        N. Castellanos RF40100000.304.357.512.8691.0
        J. Hicks C31000111.271.321.430.7511.5
        V. Martinez DH42100000.228.278.300.5783.0
        J. Candelario 3B31210000.230.326.428.7544.0
        R. Rodriguez 1B30100013.204.254.204.4580.5
        J. Iglesias SS31241012.269.307.385.69310.5
        J. Jones LF30000013.210.267.367.634-0.5
        Total315751199-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Iglesias (23)
          • HR - J. Iglesias (3)
          • SF - J. Candelario (3)
          • RBI - J. Candelario (36), J. Iglesias 4 (38)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias 4 (20)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - B. Swihart (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Devers (20)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Candelario-Goodrum-Rodriguez)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Johnson (L, 1-3)5.05200503.811.427.5
          T. Thornburg1.023311110.381.85-2.5
          R. Brasier1.00000200.000.674.0
          H. Velazquez1.00000102.611.393.5
          Total8.0753191---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Johnson (L, 1-3)5.0
          T. Thornburg1.0
          R. Brasier1.0
          H. Velazquez1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (W, 7-6)6.17003603.491.2421.0
          A. Wilson1.20000003.520.993.0
          S. Greene1.01000203.951.243.0
          Total9.0800380---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (W, 7-6)6.1
          A. Wilson1.2
          S. Greene1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Thornburg (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Johnson 77-53, T. Thornburg 21-12, R. Brasier 11-9, H. Velazquez 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Johnson 6-5, T. Thornburg 1-1, R. Brasier 1-0, H. Velazquez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Johnson 21, T. Thornburg 6, R. Brasier 3, H. Velazquez 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 99-65, A. Wilson 10-7, S. Greene 18-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 6-7, A. Wilson 3-1, S. Greene 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 29, A. Wilson 4, S. Greene 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Iglesias homered to left, Martinez scored05
            Candelario hit sacrifice fly to left, Hicks scored, Martinez to second03
          • 2ND INNING
            Iglesias doubled to deep left, Martinez and Candelario scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Alex Wilson
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • B. Swihart: Swihart singled to right
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Swihart to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • A. Wilson Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to first
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Pearce flied out to center
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Hector Velazquez relieved Ryan Brasier
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez flied out to center
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swihart grounded out to first
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Betts to third
            • Alex Wilson relieved Mike Fiers
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded into double play third to second to first, Benintendi out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Brasier relieved Tyler Thornburg
            • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland flied out to left
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce fouled out to left
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Devers singled to right center
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to right, Devers to second
            • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Thornburg relieved Brian Johnson
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to deep right, Hicks to third
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario hit sacrifice fly to left, Hicks scored, Martinez to second
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Martinez to third on wild pitch, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Iglesias homered to left, Martinez scored
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley flied out to deep center
            • B. Swihart: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Betts singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Benintendi singled to right, Betts to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Martin flied out to center
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Moreland popped out to shortstop
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez flied out to left
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario singled to shallow left
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Rodriguez singled to deep right center, Candelario to third
            • J. Iglesias: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Jones grounded into fielder's choice to third, Rodriguez out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Swihart walked
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Betts lined out to center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Swihart stole second, Foul, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Martin flied out to deep right
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum flied out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Castellanos singled to left
            • J. Hicks: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Moreland singled to left
            • S. Pearce: Pearce flied out to left
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Candelario singled to deep left, Martinez to second
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias doubled to deep left, Martinez and Candelario scored
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones flied out to deep right
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Johnson Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Goodrum struck out on foul tip
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)