Bradley rallies Red Sox to 5-3 win over Tigers

The Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos (9) celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo homer in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Friday in Boston. (AP photo)


Associated Press

BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. made Detroit pay dearly for a couple of late mistakes.

Bradley hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Boston rallied for three runs in the inning and beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night.

A bloop single, followed by a bad pick-off attempt helped the Red Sox tie it in the eighth, then Bradley completed the comeback with his eighth homer of the season, a towering shot to right that cleared Detroit’s bullpen and reached the stands.

“It felt good, especially with the circumstance,” Bradley said. “And it feels good to get a win.”

Mitch Moreland also scored on Bradley’s homer after driving in the tying run with a single to right after Xander Bogaerts’ leadoff single, a blooper that landed in shallow right. Moreland led off the fourth with a homer for Boston, which rallied from a 3-0 deficit to open a five-game homestand.

“We come off two tough games nights where not much offensively is taking place and it took us half a game to get on track tonight,” Boston manager John Farrell said.

Matt Barnes (4-2) pitched one inning of relief and got the win and Craig Kimbrel picked up his 18th save.

Alex Wilson (1-3), who started the eighth with Detroit up 3-2, took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits. He also made an error on a wild pickoff attempt that put Bogaerts on second and in position to score easily on Moreland’s third hit of the game.