Well, that was a roller coaster of emotions.
The Red Sox have had several players out sick recently.
Before the bullpens got involved, Detroit's Michael Fulmer pitched six scoreless innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1) was the loser.
After that, things settled down for the knuckleballer over the next few frames.
After a 1-2-3 fifth, he came back out for the sixth.
The next Tigers hitter, Nick Castellanos, hit a line drive to center.
"I wanted to put the ball in play, but I drew a walk and got the RBI so it's all good", Jones said.
Red Sox: LHP David Price (elbow strain) threw out to 120 feet in what Boston manager John Farrell described as "another consistent work day.". The Red Sox will look to keep Miguel Cabrera's hits in play and avoid the home run ball. Then, the third batter had a fly out, and the fourth hit a double.
On Thursday, however, Detroit lost 11-2 to the White Sox, with fifth starter Matthew Boyd failing to make it out of the third inning. Nobody could take advantage, though, with Marco Hernandez softly lining out and Steve Selsky striking out.
Sandoval seems healthy and in playing shape. In hindsight, though, perhaps a change should've been made.
Coming into the eighth inning, the Tigers had a 4-0 lead thanks to a pair of RBIs from Victor Martinez and a two-run dinger from James McCann.
As it turns out, the eighth was the designated inning for Boston to score runs on Friday.
It was at this point that the fireworks went off. A strikeout of Sandy Leon ended his short outing. A large "Mr. I" was cut into the grass in center field and also appeared in a circle to the left of home plate and on a flag beyond the wall in left-center.
The late collapse spoiled the Red Sox offense's own eighth-inning heroics, as Boston came back from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead.
Unfortunately, the bullpen just couldn't do the job. But when Bradley flied out to lead off the top of the ninth inning, he took an awkward step rounding first base and landed on his knee. It wasn't flawless, as Castellanos and Cabrera both put on tough battles against the righty. The double scored V-Mart, tying the game.
Then it was Joe Kelly's turn, and he didn't fare any better. He walked two and struck out four.
Mahtook made another important play in the ninth. If he hadn't, Pedroia nearly certainly scores to tie the game.
The Tigers have two of them on this young season, with Jones playing a big role on each occasion.
Steven Wright will make his first start of 2017 after finishing last season on the DL.
"He threw me a curveball and I was able to get a barrel on it", said Mahtook, who was playing his first home game for the Tigers after being acquired in the offseason. Rodriguez posted a 3.24 ERA after the All-Star break last season. All was well. Until the flight was canceled and he was told he couldn't get another direct flight to Detroit (or one out of Orlando) until Monday. And what would that accomplish?
With the loss, the Red Sox are now 2-1 on the year. That won't stop me from being frustrated as hell, though.