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Red Sox 6, Tigers 3: The first half ends with a whimper

The Tigers fell into an early hole and couldn’t dig out of it on Sunday.

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The Detroit Tigers closed out the first half of their season in predictable fashion on Sunday, dropping a 6-3 decision against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. The Tigers have now lost 25 of their last 28 games at home.

The Tigers actually got on the board first in this one, courtesy of a Nicholas Castellanos RBI double in the first inning. Victor Reyes led off the inning with a walk, and Castellanos lined a double to left to score Reyes before Red Sox starter David Price was even able to record an out. Price recorded the next three in short order however — including a called strike three of Miguel Cabrera that resulted in the slugger’s ejection — and five more in a row after that.

In the meantime, the Red Sox offense got going against the Tigers bullpen. Gregory Soto set the Sox down 1-2-3 in the top of the first, but was tagged for three hits, including a two-run Christian Vazquez home run, in the second. Things could have gotten worse after a Niko Goodrum error put runners at second and third with two outs, but Soto got Mookie Betts to pop out to end the frame.

Lefthander Nick Ramirez replaced Soto in the third, and set down the first seven batters he faced. Things unraveled quickly after that, however; a Marco Hernandez single and a Mookie Betts walk put two runners on, and Xander Bogaerts drove them in with a two-out double. A Ramirez wild pitch moved Bogaerts to third, and Andrew Benintendi delivered the final blow with an RBI single.

Price was on cruise control for the most part, but the Tigers were able to drive his pitch count up and force him out after just five innings. He struck out six and allowed just four hits to pick up his seventh win of the year.

Unfortunately, the Tigers weren’t able to take advantage of Boston’s middle relief corps. Lefthander Josh Taylor threw two scoreless frames, and the Red Sox tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth. Brandon Dixon made things a little interesting with a two-run homer off Ryan Brasier in the bottom of the eighth, but the Tigers couldn’t add anything more after that.