The Tigers were the first to get on the board, as a JaCoby Jones triple set up Jose Iglesias for an RBI single in the top of the second. The Red Sox didn’t take long to bounce back, as the wheels momentarily fell off in the bottom of the third. Christian Vasquez roped a double off of the Green Monster to drive in Rafael Devers, who reached on an error, to tie the game. Hardy then plunked Jackie Bradley, Jr. with a pitch, followed by an RBI double by Andrew Benintendi to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. Xander Bogaerts would further the damage, crushing an RBI double to left center to push the lead to 4-1. A fifth inning solo home run from Benintendi further increased their lead to 5-1.
The Tigers offense remained dormant until the sixth, when singles by Miguel Cabrera and Leonys Martin, coupled with a walk to Jones, loaded the bases with two outs, only to be quelled as Iglesias fluffed a soft pop-up to first base to end the threat. They would threaten again in the seventh, as Nicholas Castellanos, Cabrera, and Victor Martinez loaded the bases with two outs, but a weak ground out from James McCann quelled the threat.
Vasquez extended the lead to 6-1, taking the first pitch from Buck Farmer over the Green Monster for a solo home run. The Red Sox would further pile it on in the eighth against Louis Coleman, with Sam Travis and Devers each driving in a run to open up a six-run advantage, which was more than enough for the Red Sox to secure the victory.
Working hard or (Blaine) Hardy working?
Relying on his slider more than his other pitches and despite a rough third inning, Hardy managed to admirably soldier on and turn in six innings for the Tigers, minimizing the workload for an already-taxed bullpen. He surrendered five runs on eight hits while striking out two batters.
City of blinding lights
In a bit of an odd scenario, the game was delayed for a few minutes in the top of the seventh, as Red Sox fans in center field and elsewhere illuminated the flashlights on their cell phones, proving to be a distraction for Nick Castellanos and further drawing Ron Gardenhire to discuss the matter with the umpires. Fenway Park security subsequently dealt with the problem, allowing the game to proceed.
The Tigers conclude their only visit to Fenway Park in 2018 with an evening series finale. Matthew Boyd, looking to continue his strong performance, is set to do battle with Boston’s Jalen Beeks, who will be making his Major League debut. You can watch on Fox Sports Detroit or listen on your local affiliate of the Detroit Tigers radio network.
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