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This game started four hours late, but that did not stop the Red Sox offense from hitting everything that Jordan Zimmermann threw at them. It started when Mookie Betts hit a ball off the center field wall for a triple. He was driven in by Rafael Devers on a ground ball out, but the Red Sox were quick to put men back on base. Andrew Benintendi, the night’s cleanup hitter, hit another triple. He was driven in on a perfectly placed bloop single by Michael Chavis.
The offense kept the foot on the gas for the second inning, as Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Then, Sandy Leon bunted to move the runners over and set up the top of the lineup. They executed perfectly, as Mookie Betts slapped a double to drive in both the runners. After Rafael Devers popped out, Betts was driven in on a Christian Vazquez single to make it 5-0.
Zimmermann didn’t let any runs cross in the third, and but that trend stopped quickly in the fourth. Rafael Devers hit a single, then Christian Vazquez doubled to put runners on second and third. Next, Andrew Benintendi hit a weak fly ball to left field. Fortunately, the left fielder lost the ball in the sky and it fell for a double. This flub drove in Devers to make it 6-0. Brock Holt would eventually drive Vazquez in on a sacrifice fly, giving the Red Sox a seemingly comfortable seven-run lead.
Porcello Keeps It A Game
After things were going smoothly for the first three innings, Rick Porcello started to lose feel for his pitches. The bottom of the fourth inning started with a single. The next batter, Jeimer Candelario, homered off the right-field foul pole to make it 7-2. The hitter after that tripled, but somehow he was not driven in by the three hitters that followed.
The fifth inning was scoreless for both sides, then Porcello ran into more trouble in the sixth. It started when Jeimer Candalerio hit another home run to make it 7-3. After two singles and a wild pitch, Bobby Wilson drove in two runners on a single. This made Alex Cora take Porcello out and put in Colten Brewer. The first batter Brewer faced hit a double just out of the reach of Andrew Benintendi’s dive, and drove in Wilson to make it a one-run game. Brewer struck out the next batter, but the damage was done.
The Red Sox offense was able to answer back, though, with some help from the Tigers defense. With one out, Marco Hernandez hit a single. The next batter, Sandy Leon, reached on a fielding error by the third baseman. Mookie Betts was then walked to load the bases for Rafael Devers. He hit a comebacker to pitcher, Buck Farmer. Farmer bobbled it, then thought he had to rush, and threw the ball away to give the Red Sox a run. Unfortunately, Christian Vazquez grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, and the score stayed 8-6.
Josh Taylor was brought into the game for the seventh, and he gave up three singles to the first four batters he faced. Luckily, no runs were driven in, and he was taken out after forcing a groundout that also did not score a run. Matt Barnes finished the inning with a strikeout to keep the score the same.
In the top of the eighth, the Red Sox scored an insurance run on an Eduardo Nunez RBI single. Brandon Workman worked a 1-2-3 inning, and then the Red Sox got another insurance run in the ninth. Steven Wright closed out the game with a scoreless inning, making it a 10-6 Red Sox victory.