Brandon Dixon had three hits, including a three-run double, and Spencer Turnbull walked a tightrope over five innings to earn his first major league win as the visiting Detroit Tigers wrapped up a doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 4-2 win Tuesday night.
Fresh off a 7-4 victory in Game 1, the Tigers won for the fourth time in five games since a five-game losing streak. Turnbull (1-2) went five scoreless innings, working around three hits, four walks and two hit batters.
The Red Sox got on the board on a Xander Bogaerts RBI single in the seventh, and rookie Michael Chavis blasted a pitch over the Green Monster in left for his first career home run to lead off the eighth and make it 3-2.
An out later, Christian Vazquez flew out to the warning track in right, but the Tigers got out of the inning and added an insurance run on a John Hicks double in the top of the ninth.
Shane Greene pitched around a single in the bottom of the ninth for his 11th save.
Boston, which had entered the day on a three-game winning streak, left 13 men on base for the game and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
While his offense floundered, Red Sox starter Hector Velazquez held the Tigers scoreless over the first three innings. But Detroit broke through in the fourth.
Jeimer Candelario led off with a single, and Miguel Cabrera singled an out later. Niko Goodrum then walked to load the bases and knock out Velazquez, who was replaced by Marcus Walden. Dixon greeted Walden with a double down the line in left to clear the bags, though he was thrown out at third on the play.
Velazquez (0-2) gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out five, including whiffing the side in order in the second.
Prospects Darwinzon Hernandez and Travis Lakins each made their major league debut in relief for the Red Sox. Hernandez struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Lakins allowed a run on four hits and fanned two in 2 2/3 innings.
Tigers 7, Red Sox 4
Josh Harrison hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth, Matthew Boyd pitched seven solid innings and the Detroit Tigers downed the Boston Red Sox 7-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
Boyd (2-1), a former New Hampshire Fisher Cat, allowed three runs on three hits. Ronny Rodriguez had three hits, including a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs for Detroit. Grayson Greiner also homered and drove in two runs.
Xander Bogaerts hit a pair of solo homers for Boston. Mookie Betts drove in the Red Sox’ two other runs.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale, still seeking his first win of 2019, gave up two runs in five innings and struck out a season-high 10 batters. Colten Brewer (0-2) took the loss, giving up three runs in the eighth.
The originally scheduled opener of the four-game series on Monday was postponed due to rain.
Betts gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the third. Christian Vazquez reached on a walk and moved to third on Tzu-Wei Lin’s double.
Boyd retired the next two batters on groundouts, but Betts then slapped a single to left, bringing in both runners.
The Tigers got one of those runs back in the fourth.
Niko Goodrum drew a one-out walk and stole second. After Sale struck out the next batter, Rodriguez ripped a double into the left-center gap to knock in Goodrum.
Detroit tied it in the fifth on Greiner’s second homer this season, a blast to left over the Green Monster.
Rodriguez did the same in the sixth for his first homer this season to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
Bogaerts tied it in the bottom of the inning with his first solo blast, which also cleared the left field wall.
Detroit erupted for three runs in the eighth. Goodrum walked and Rodriguez banged a one-out double off the wall. Harrison then drilled a double to left center, bringing in both runners. Greiner followed with an RBI single to make it 6-3.
Miguel Cabrera’s bloop RBI single in the ninth gave the Tigers a four-run cushion.
Bogaerts hit his second homer of the game, his fourth of the year, in the ninth.