DETROIT (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Sunday.
Bradley walked with the bases loaded in the second, homered in the seventh and tripled home three more runs in the eighth. Coming into the game, Bradley had a .121 batting average with one extra-base hit and four RBIs in 58 at-bats.
Henry Owens (1-1) pitched five-plus innings for his first major league win. He walked four, but allowed just one run and three hits.
Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander (1-5) allowed two unearned runs in six innings. He struck out seven and walked three while throwing 113 pitches.
Verlander walked Travis Shaw in the second inning, ending his career-best streak of three starts without a walk. Shaw was erased on a fielder’s choice, but Blake Swihart reached on an error on second baseman Ian Kinsler and Josh Rutledge loaded the bases with a slow chopper over the mound.
Bradley’s walk got the Red Sox on the board, and Brock Holt drove in another run with an infield hit on a dribbler to second.
Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the third for Detroit, and Jefry Marte’s solo homer in the seventh trimmed Boston’s lead to 3-2. But the Red Sox put the game away with four runs off Ian Krol in the eighth.
David Ortiz beat the shift with a soft single to left, and Shaw followed with a base hit. After a sacrifice and a strikeout, the Tigers decided to walk the light-hitting Rutledge to face Bradley with the bases loaded.
Bradley got behind in the count, but fought back to 3-2 and then lined a 93-mph fastball into the corner for a triple. Holt followed with an RBI single to make it 7-2.