Tigers drop opener to Red Sox 5-3

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Moreland, who has 10 extra-base hits in his last 10 games, made a big stretch to save Pablo Sandoval from an error and end the top of the fourth, led off the bottom with his homer, starting the comeback. Moreland led off the fourth with a homer for Boston, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit to open a five-game homestand. This time around didn't feature complete domination, but both did decently well at keeping runs off the board and this game was close until the late innings. Against right-handers this season, he owns a sparkling 44.0% hard-hit rate and 41.9% fly-ball rate, so he's worth checking out anytime Boston is facing a righty. This was one of Zimmermann's better starts of the season. He was hit on the leg by a 111 miles per hour liner off the bat of Bogaerts in the first inning but stayed in, manager Brad Ausmus saying, "It's tough to shake him off the mound". A second run scored on a Miguel Cabrera ground out to second. Yesterday, the righty reliever faced hitters in competitive at-bats for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery a little over a year ago. "And their second half was better than our first". "We had just lost two on the road so we definitely wanted to start things off right back at home". Bogaerts hit the ball hard and Zimmerman didnt have a chance to get out of the way before the ball hit him just above the knee. Pomeranz will continue to pitch at a high level and the Red Sox offense will come alive in a win on Sunday night.

As far as the way Sale pitches, the manager said, "You love the aggressive nature. Unless his leg's severed, he's not coming out". Nicholas Castellanos hit an RBI double to drive in Jose Iglesias, who'd reached on an infield single with one out.

“It was a great win for us, ” Moreland said.

Meanwhile, the Tigers can score a ton of runs but they have also struggled in terms of giving up too many runs thanks to the inconsistencies of their pitching staff. Norris has struggled in each of his past couple of starts so it's hard to trust him on the road in a tough ballpark on Sunday Night Baseball.

It was Johnsons first start in the majors since he pitched a a five-hit shutout May 27 against Seattle.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has returned to the lineup after being activated from the 10-day disabled list. The Red Sox optioned 1B Sam Travis and RHP Brandon Workman to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Chris Sale won round two of the matchup with Tigers' ace Justin Verlander.

Matt Barnes (4-2) pitched the top of the eighth and got the win and Craig Kimbrel worked a flawless ninth for the 18th save of his dominant season. But he is 2-1 with an 0.82 ERA in his last five starts against Boston.

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