Sale win 7th straight decision; Red Sox beat Tigers 11-3
By KEN POWTAK
BOSTON — Boston’s Chris Sale outlasted Detroit’s Justin Verlander to win his seventh straight decision in a matchup of big-name pitchers, and the Red Sox pulled away late to beat the Tigers 11-3 on Saturday night.
Mitch Moreland’s tiebreaking, two-run double sparked a three-run seventh inning and Boston added five more in the eighth for its second straight late-inning win over the Tigers.
The Red Sox have won 13 of 19.
Sale (8-2) pitched seven solid innings, giving up three runs on nine hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk.
Verlander was gone with high pitch count after five, allowing three runs and four walks with three strikeouts after leaving his previous start following two innings with a tight right groin. Detroit has lost four of five.
With runners on first and second, Moreland doubled off the Green Monster against Warwick Saupold (1-1). Josh Rutledge added an RBI single.
Andrew Benintendi had a two-run single in the eighth and finished with three RBIs. Moreland also had an RBI single in a two-run third.
The Tigers had tied it 2-2 in the fifth, but the Red Sox regained the lead that inning on Benintendi’s sacrifice fly.
Detroit retied it on Mikie Mahtook’s RBI single an inning later.
Sale escaped a jam in the third with runners on the corners and no outs by striking out three straight, including slugger Miguel Cabrera looking with a 96-mph fastball on the inside corner.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. helped Sale out of trouble in the first with a diving catch of J.D. Martinez’s sinking liner.
Tigers: C James McCann started his second straight after coming off the 10-day disabled list Friday. He had been sidelined with a cut on his left hand.