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Tigers 7, Red Sox 2: The offense broke out to avoid the broom

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Matthew Boyd came back with another strong outing.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers salvaged a win in a tough road series tonight, as they pounced early to defeat the Red Sox, 7-2, and wrap up their series in Boston.

Every game in this series, the Tigers have jumped out to an early lead. Thankfully, this was a much larger early lead than the previous two games. The Tigers pounced on Red Sox starting pitcher Jalen Beeks, Boston’s #15 prospect per MLB Pipeline, who was making his first major-league start. The Tigers welcomed him rudely to the big leagues.

JaCoby Jones struck out leading off the lineup, but Nicholas Castellanos hit his 21st double of the year to center, Miguel Cabrera drew a walk, and then Jeimer Candelario hit a line drive double to left field to score Castellanos to make the game 1-0. From there, John Hicks singled in Cabrera and Candelario, while Leonys Martin launched an opposite-field home run to the top of the Monster to give the team an early 5-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first inning, Matthew Boyd allowed a lead-off home run to Andrew Benintendi, cutting the lead to 5-1, but settled in quickly after. In the top of the second inning, the Tigers loaded the bases with two out for Jeimer Candelario, but Candelario grounded out to Xander Bogaerts. In the bottom of the second frame, Boyd loaded the bases with only one out for Andrew Benintendi (including a four-pitch walk to Blake Swihart, the nine-hole hitter for the Red Sox), but Benintendi grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Beeks would go on to pitch four innings and allow a sixth run on a Jose Iglesias double in the third inning before he gave way to the Red Sox bullpen. Boyd, meanwhile, settled in and finished with a very strong outing, going 6 13 innings while allowing four hits and two earned runs on four walks and six strikeouts (the second earned run coming on a Xander Bogaerts ground out in the bottom of the fifth).

Besides Boyd, John Hicks, Leonys Martin, and Jose Iglesias had particularly good games. Hicks knocked a two-run single while the score was still 1-0 and a seventh-inning single to put Jeimer Candelario in scoring position. Martin hit his two-run home run in the first, and cracked a triple in the top of the third, eventually scoring on the Iglesias double. Iglesias, of course, doubled in the third to score Martin and singled in the seventh to plate Candelario and give the Tigers a 7-2 lead.

The performances were particularly satisfying as Martin and Hicks have been two of the most pleasant surprises on this unlikely Tigers team. Iglesias, meanwhile, has been a hot hitter for five weeks after a brutal April. Martin now carries a .259 average, Hicks a .278 average, and Iglesias a .261 average as they all continue to exceed their preseason expectations. Unfortunately, JaCoby Jones continued to struggle, this time going 0-5 with four strikeouts in the lead-off spot. Jones is down to a .219 average on the year. Coming into tonight, he had hit .176 with a .232 on-base percentage in his last 15 games.

Alex Wilson made his first appearance since May 7 out of the bullpen tonight, entering in the seventh with an inherited runner on first base in relief for Boyd. He stranded the runner on two consecutive outs, one via a great play by Miguel Cabrera at first and one via an absolutely stellar play from Jose Iglesias. Joe Jimenez, meanwhile, struggled early in the eighth loading the bases, but then struck out Sam Travis swinging and Rafael Devers looking (on a 97 mile per hour fastball right down the middle) to wiggle out of the jam.

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Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?

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  • 67%
    Matthew Boyd (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K)
    (200 votes)
  • 3%
    John Hicks (2-4, 2 RBI)
    (10 votes)
  • 20%
    Leonys Martin (2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
    (60 votes)
  • 9%
    Jose Iglesias (2-4, 2 RBI)
    (27 votes)
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