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Published: Tue, August 23, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Red Sox Outlast Tigers And Rain For 3-2 Win


Justin Upton's two home runs punished the Red Sox, although rookie Andrew Benintendi notched his first career homer and hit a stand-up triple in a bright spot for Boston.

Verlander held Boston to one run in six innings, and fresh-off-the-disabled-list Cameron Maybin had a two-run single in the sixth as Detroit won for just the fourth time in 14 games while handing Boston only its second defeat in its last 10. They lost for just the second time in their last 10 games.

Justin Upton has hit 203 home runs in his big-league career.

- Jason Hammel became the first Chicago Cubs pitcher to allow 10 runs in a game twice in the same season since Sheriff Blake (1930) Sunday in a 11-4 loss to the Rockies.

Henry Owens (0-1) didn't find out he was pitching until late Saturday night and didn't arrive in Detroit from Triple-A until the early morning hours.

All that travel might not have been worth the five-inning outing in which he threw just 56 strikes on 97 pitches, walked five batters, struck out six and allowed eight runs.

"When we knew we were going to need to get Miggy, Victor and J.D. Martinez, the four-out save seemed like the right decision", Farrell said. "I thought it was deserved and very nice".

"But he gets it inside the bag, and after that, it is the Justin Upton show, " he said. The Tigers are now seven games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central, so they need more games like this out of Upton moving forward. As he has done so often lately, Martinez got the better of Owens, poking a two-run double into right field.

The Indians came from behind to edge the Toronto Blue Jays, with two runs in the eighth inning sealing a 3-2 win, while the Los Angeles Dodgers got the better of the Cincinnati Reds 4-0.

"He's one of those guys that you don't want to let beat you", Detroit catcher James McCann said. Sandy Leon had an RBI single, Travis Shaw hit into a run-scoring forceout and Benintendi launched his first major league home run, a two-run shot to extreme right.

"A good-looking hitter, as we've talked about, and today it was on display", Farrell said. In a moment of respect, the crowd applauded David Ortiz's final at-bat in Comerica Park as he gounded into the shift.

Red Sox: INF Devin Marrero was optioned back to Pawtucket to clear room for Owens.

Detroit is a -137 favorite against Boston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. Anibal Sanchez (6-12, 5.94) will face Kyle Gibson (5-7, 4.90).

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