Sale remains winless as Tigers beat Red Sox in DH opener

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale remained winless and frustrated, which was a slight improvement.

Sale remained struck out a season-high 10 in five innings but remained winless after five starts as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Detroit Tigers 7-4 in a doubleheader opener Tuesday.

''A step in the right direction, but I'm still not satisfied,'' said Sale, who managed not to take a loss for the first time this year.

Sale gave up two runs, five hits and two walks, lowering his ERA from 8.50 to 7.43. The 30-year-old, who signed a $160 million, six-year contract late in spring training, had never gone his first five starts in a big league season without a victory.

Sale clearly felt better that after an 8-0 loss last week at the New York Yankees, which he called ''flat-out embarrassing.''

Sale said his velocity continued to improve, but had some command issues again.

''I need to clean some things up around the edges, but we'll get there,'' Sale said. ''I can't make them put the ball in play, but I can fill up the strike zone and throw strikes.''

Sale, who won his first nine starts with the Chicago White Sox in 2016, left after 97 with the score 2-2.

''I at least gave my team a chance to win when I left the ballgame, but still relying on my bullpen guys too much,'' Sale said. ''We've been leaning on those guys down there a lot - myself, mostly. It'd just be nice to be able to go out there and fill up seven or eight innings or even finish a game for these guys and give them a day off.''

That would have been especially nice Tuesday after the opener of the four-game series was rained out Monday night.

''I felt that he was better than the last one as far as like command,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said. ''Give them credit for getting the pitch count up in five innings, then they did what they did with the bullpen.''

Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire was impressed how his lineup capitalized on Sale's mistakes.

''He's tough and he's going to punch out guys. That's what he's known for and that's what he does, and you've just got to find a way, try to get a couple here and there off him,'' Gardenhire said. ''We did that - when he made a mistake we got aggressive on him and jumped him, kind of ambushed him a little bit.''

Matthew Boyd (2-1) combined with three relievers on a five-hitter. Boston, starting a 10-game homestand after a three-game sweep at Tampa Bay, dropped to 9-14.

Josh Harrison hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth off Colten Brewer (0-2) and scored two pitches later on a single by Grayson Greiner.

Ronny Rodriguez had three hits, including a home run, and Greiner also homered for the Tigers. Xander. Bogaerts homered twice for Boston, doubling his season total.

Boyd allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings.

''It was a little funky out there on the mound today in terms of just feel and whatnot, but we just rolled with it. We adapted, and it was good,'' Boyd said.

Mookie Betts had a two-run single in the third, but Rodriguez hit an RBI double in the fourth, Greiner homered in the fifth and Rodriguez homered in the sixth for a 3-2 lead. Bogaerts' first homer tied the score in the bottom half.

Miguel Cabrera added an RBI single in the ninth against Bobby Poyner, who was optioned to Pawiucket after the opener. Bogaerts homered against Drew VerHagen in the bottom half.

MOVES

Boston recalled RHP Travis Lakins from Pawtucket and LHP Darwinzon Hernandez from Double-A Portland ahead of the nightcap.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: SS Jordy Mercer, placed on the 10-day IL last week with a right quadriceps strain, will continue his rehab at extended spring training in Lakeland, Florida. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mercer could be back in four or five days. ... Gardenhire dropped Harrison from leadoff to seventh in the batting order and hit Jeimer Candelario first. Harrison had a pair of hits and raised his average from .122 to .141.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi had surgery Tuesday to remove a loose body in his right elbow and is expected to miss about six weeks. Eovaldi had similar surgery on March 30 last year while with Tampa Bay and made his season debut May 30. He also has had two Tommy John operations. ''I don't want to give a timetable, but I think everybody knows around what it's going to take,'' Cora said. ''He should be fine when he comes back and ready to roll.''

UP NEXT

Detroit's Spencer Turnbull (0-2, 3.43 ERA) was to face Hector Velazquez (0-1, 2.84) in a matchup of right-handers in the night game.

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DET12-10
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BOS9-15
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  • W: M. Boyd (2-1)L: C. Brewer (0-2)
  • HR: DET - R. Rodriguez (1), G. Greiner (2), BOS - X. Bogaerts 2 (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B41000131.213.298.293.5910.5
N. Castellanos DH50100011.257.309.392.7010.5
M. Cabrera 1B40210100.278.363.329.6925.0
B. Dixon PR-1B00000000.667.667.6671.3330.0
N. Goodrum RF32000225.266.382.484.8665.0
D. Peterson LF50100013.179.220.231.4500.5
R. Rodriguez SS42321011.500.5001.1001.60011.5
J. Harrison 2B41220012.141.209.218.4274.5
G. Greiner C31221111.246.295.386.6818.5
J. Jones CF40100022.167.242.167.4090.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF30000114.270.341.432.7740.5
    M. Betts CF40120002.244.340.430.7703.0
    J. Martinez RF40000022.333.423.536.958-1.0
    X. Bogaerts SS42222000.288.370.513.88212.0
    S. Pearce 1B20000010.129.182.161.343-0.5
    a- M. Moreland PH10000000.254.315.642.9570.0
    M. Chavis 3B40000011.111.200.222.422-0.5
    C. Vazquez DH-C21000100.200.237.473.7102.0
    T. Lin 2B31100011.167.167.250.4172.5
    S. Leon C20000003.000.125.000.1250.0
    b- R. Devers PH10100000.273.364.338.7011.0
    • a-grounded out for Pearce in the 9th
    • b-singled for Leon in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Cabrera (4), R. Rodriguez 2 (3), J. Harrison (3)
    • HR - R. Rodriguez, G. Greiner (2)
    • RBI - M. Cabrera (7), R. Rodriguez 2 (3), J. Harrison 2 (5), G. Greiner 2 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Rodriguez
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Goodrum 3 (3), D. Peterson, J. Harrison, G. Greiner, J. Jones
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Lin
    • HR - X. Bogaerts 2 (4)
    • RBI - M. Betts 2 (10), X. Bogaerts 2 (12)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (4), X. Bogaerts (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, J. Martinez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - N. Goodrum (3)
    • CS - J. Harrison (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Rodriguez-Harrison-Cabrera; Rodriguez-Harrison-Cabrera; Candelario-Harrison-Cabrera)
    • E - J. Candelario (2), G. Greiner (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Martinez
    • DP - 2 (Chavis-Lin-Pearce; Martinez-Vazquez)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd (W, 2-1)7.03332313.161.0224.5
    D. Stumpf (H, 3)0.11000103.861.93-0.5
    V. Alcantara (H, 5)0.20000002.161.080.0
    D. VerHagen1.01110214.911.642.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd (W, 2-1)7.0
    D. Stumpf (H, 3)0.1
    V. Alcantara (H, 5)0.2
    D. VerHagen1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sale5.052221017.431.5211.0
    H. Hembree0.22111015.561.59-4.0
    T. Thornburg1.10000205.591.144.0
    C. Brewer (L, 0-2)1.03331008.312.19-9.0
    B. Poyner1.021110018.005.00-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sale5.0
    H. Hembree0.2
    T. Thornburg1.1
    C. Brewer (L, 0-2)1.0
    B. Poyner1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 88-60, D. Stumpf 5-5, V. Alcantara 2-2, D. VerHagen 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 6-11, V. Alcantara 1-0, D. VerHagen 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 26, D. Stumpf 2, V. Alcantara, D. VerHagen 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 97-72, H. Hembree 15-9, T. Thornburg 20-12, C. Brewer 23-14, B. Poyner 21-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 1-4, H. Hembree 1-0, T. Thornburg 1-1, C. Brewer 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Sale 22, H. Hembree 4, T. Thornburg 4, C. Brewer 6, B. Poyner 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B41000131.213.298.293.5910.5
    N. Castellanos DH50100011.257.309.392.7010.5
    M. Cabrera 1B40210100.278.363.329.6925.0
    B. Dixon PR-1B00000000.667.667.6671.3330.0
    N. Goodrum RF32000225.266.382.484.8665.0
    D. Peterson LF50100013.179.220.231.4500.5
    R. Rodriguez SS42321011.500.5001.1001.60011.5
    J. Harrison 2B41220012.141.209.218.4274.5
    G. Greiner C31221111.246.295.386.6818.5
    J. Jones CF40100022.167.242.167.4090.0
    Total367127251216-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Benintendi LF30000114.270.341.432.7740.5
      M. Betts CF40120002.244.340.430.7703.0
      J. Martinez RF40000022.333.423.536.958-1.0
      X. Bogaerts SS42222000.288.370.513.88212.0
      S. Pearce 1B20000010.129.182.161.343-0.5
      a- M. Moreland PH10000000.254.315.642.9570.0
      M. Chavis 3B40000011.111.200.222.422-0.5
      C. Vazquez DH-C21000100.200.237.473.7102.0
      T. Lin 2B31100011.167.167.250.4172.5
      S. Leon C20000003.000.125.000.1250.0
      b- R. Devers PH10100000.273.364.338.7011.0
      Total3045422613-----
      • a-grounded out for Pearce in the 9th
      • b-singled for Leon in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera (4), R. Rodriguez 2 (3), J. Harrison (3)
      • HR - R. Rodriguez, G. Greiner (2)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (7), R. Rodriguez 2 (3), J. Harrison 2 (5), G. Greiner 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Rodriguez
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Goodrum 3 (3), D. Peterson, J. Harrison, G. Greiner, J. Jones
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Lin
      • HR - X. Bogaerts 2 (4)
      • RBI - M. Betts 2 (10), X. Bogaerts 2 (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 2 (4), X. Bogaerts (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi, J. Martinez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - N. Goodrum (3)
      • CS - J. Harrison (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Rodriguez-Harrison-Cabrera; Rodriguez-Harrison-Cabrera; Candelario-Harrison-Cabrera)
      • E - J. Candelario (2), G. Greiner (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Martinez
      • DP - 2 (Chavis-Lin-Pearce; Martinez-Vazquez)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (W, 2-1)7.03332313.161.0224.5
      D. Stumpf (H, 3)0.11000103.861.93-0.5
      V. Alcantara (H, 5)0.20000002.161.080.0
      D. VerHagen1.01110214.911.642.0
      Total9.0544262---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (W, 2-1)7.0
      D. Stumpf (H, 3)0.1
      V. Alcantara (H, 5)0.2
      D. VerHagen1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sale5.052221017.431.5211.0
      H. Hembree0.22111015.561.59-4.0
      T. Thornburg1.10000205.591.144.0
      C. Brewer (L, 0-2)1.03331008.312.19-9.0
      B. Poyner1.021110018.005.00-1.0
      Total9.012775122---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sale5.0
      H. Hembree0.2
      T. Thornburg1.1
      C. Brewer (L, 0-2)1.0
      B. Poyner1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 88-60, D. Stumpf 5-5, V. Alcantara 2-2, D. VerHagen 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 6-11, V. Alcantara 1-0, D. VerHagen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 26, D. Stumpf 2, V. Alcantara, D. VerHagen 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sale 97-72, H. Hembree 15-9, T. Thornburg 20-12, C. Brewer 23-14, B. Poyner 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sale 1-4, H. Hembree 1-0, T. Thornburg 1-1, C. Brewer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sale 22, H. Hembree 4, T. Thornburg 4, C. Brewer 6, B. Poyner 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left74
        Cabrera singled to right center, Candelario scored, Castellanos to third73
      • 8TH INNING
        Greiner singled to center, Harrison scored63
        Harrison doubled to left center, Goodrum and Rodriguez scored53
      • 6TH INNING
        Bogaerts homered to left center33
        Rodriguez homered to left center32
      • 5TH INNING
        Greiner homered to left22
      • 4TH INNING
        Rodriguez doubled to left center, Goodrum scored12
      • 3RD INNING
        Betts singled to left, Vazquez and Lin scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Bobby Poyner pitching
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario walked
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Castellanos singled to center, Candelario to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to right center, Candelario scored, Castellanos to third
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum lined into double play right to catcher, Castellanos out at home, Cabrera to second
        • Brandon Dixon ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • D. Peterson: Foul, Ball, Peterson fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Victor Alcantara
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts homered to left
        • Mitch Moreland hit for Steve Pearce
        • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Chavis struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Colten Brewer relieved Tyler Thornburg
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • D. Peterson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Peterson flied out to right
        • R. Rodriguez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Rodriguez doubled to deep left, Goodrum to third
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Harrison doubled to left center, Goodrum and Rodriguez scored
        • G. Greiner: Strike swinging, Greiner singled to center, Harrison scored
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jones grounded into double play third to second to first, Greiner out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Matthew Boyd
        • Rafael Devers hit for Sandy Leon
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers singled to center
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
        • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts grounded into double play third to second to first, Devers out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • T. Thornburg Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Chavis: Strike swinging, Chavis popped out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez popped out to second
        • T. Lin: Foul, Lin flied out to deep right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Heath Hembree relieved Chris Sale
        • D. Peterson: Ball, Peterson grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez homered to left center
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Harrison singled to deep left
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Ball, Harrison caught stealing second, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Greiner walked
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Heath Hembree
        • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts lined out to third
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez popped out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts homered to left center
        • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Greiner homered to left
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Jones singled to right
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Candelario struck out on foul tip
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos flied out to center
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to deep left, Jones to third
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Vazquez safe at first on 3rd baseman Candelario throwing error
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lin struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Leon flied out to right
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to deep center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to right
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • D. Peterson: Strike looking, Goodrum stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Rodriguez doubled to left center, Goodrum scored
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pearce reached on catcher's interference
        • M. Chavis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Chavis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pearce out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Candelario grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vazquez walked
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lin doubled to deep right, Vazquez to third
        • S. Leon: Leon grounded out to third
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts singled to left, Vazquez and Lin scored
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • D. Peterson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Peterson singled to left
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Harrison flied out to center
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Greiner struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce popped out to shortstop
        • M. Chavis: Chavis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sale Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos lined out to center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Betts lined out to center
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)