Red Sox rally with 4 in 8th inning, beat Tigers 7-5

Nicholas Castellanos rapped an RBI single in the eighth to chase Sale from the game and give the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday at Comerica Park. Sale tossed 7 ⅔ innings allowing two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out 10.

Still playing third base on the first day Adrian Beltre (right calf) was eligible to come off the disabled list, Gallo hit a three-run shot for the last of three straight hits in the second inning - the only three allowed by Sean Manaea (0-1).

Jackie Bradley Jr. was out of the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox on Sunday after hurting his right knee in the ninth inning of the previous game at Detroit.

After Andrew Romine doubled with two outs and the Tigers trailing by a run, Sale was fine with pitching around Ian Kinsler.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (1-0) takes the mound against his former team when he faces Detroit on Sunday.

The win snaps a two game losing streak for the Red Sox, moving them to 3-2 on the year. The Red Sox put runners on second and third in the ninth against Rodriguez, but Chris Young popped out to end it.

"Just walk to the plate with a little more of a chip on your shoulder", Castellanos said.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way we once again came back", Boston manager John Farrell said. Verlander left the game with seven innings pitched and four strikeouts, while allowing one run on three hits and two walks.

The Tigers played a video tribute before the game honoring owner Mike Ilitch, who died shortly before the start of spring training.

Detroit allowed five runs in the top of the eighth, blowing a 4-0 lead in the process, but the Tigers scored twice in their half to take back the lead. Hanley Ramirez has played just two games because of it, and Mookie Betts returned to the lineup Sunday after the flu kept him out for nearly a week.

"You've got Sale and Verlander going at it, you assume it's going to be a game like this", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Bogaerts should be good to go for the rest of the week when he meets the team back in Boston Tuesday for the opener against the Baltimore.

"It's a joke. He's making plays that I don't know if anybody else can make", Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia said.

Boston picked up an unearned run in the second off Justin Verlander.

Verlander struggled with his command (112 pitches, 67 strikes) but still managed to get through seven innings, retiring 12 of the last 13 batters he faced.

The Tigers will turn to ace Justin Verlander on Monday as they attempt to win their first home series of the season.

The Detroit Tigers have a lot riding on Jordan Zimmermann this season, so a solid outing in his first start was an encouraging sign.

  • Julie Sanders