A shortened sweep of the Pirates has led the Red Sox to one of their first real tests of the regular season in the form of a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers, beginning on Friday afternoon (1 p.m., NESN). And, after a fantastic first start of the 2017 season, Michael Fulmer walks away with the love of the fans, but not the win that he deserved. "As the game went on, I got a little warmer and felt a lot better and the ball started coming out better". The Boston slugger, who played in just three games previous year before having shoulder surgery, hit a drive to left-center field on an 0-2 pitch for his first home run since August 15, 2015.
But it was a defensive play in the fourth inning that Zimmermann noted as one of the biggest of the day, when Mitch Moreland - "A thorn in my side", Zimmermann said - hit a ball off the rightfield wall.
Without the saving grace of the Tigers' offensive patience at the plate in the bottom half, that lost lead would have remained. Ben Taylor ended the frame with a strikeout in his first major-league appearance.
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It was Sandy Leon who provided the heroics in the 12th inning, which was only fitting seeing as he's been Boston's most consistent bat.
The late collapse spoiled the Red Sox offense's own eighth-inning heroics, as Boston came back from a 4-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead. Of course, the Tigers countered by pinch hitting the right-handed Mikie Mahtook. The double scored V-Mart, tying the game.
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Instead of going with Kimbrel in this situation - a tie game with runners on second and third - Farrell called upon Joe Kelly.
"We're hopeful that that was just a one-time deal", Farrell said. He walked two and struck out four.
I would counter that explanation by saying Kimbrel could just get the one out and someone else could come in for the ninth, but at that point I'd just be talking to myself in my apartment.
Mahtook made another important play in the ninth.
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The Boston Red Sox are 2-0 so far in 2017 after the final game of their opening series was postponed. Rodriguez posted a 3.24 ERA after the All-Star break last season. Betts has missed two games due to the illness and Brock Holt, who was out for Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh because of the flu, was batting leadoff and serving as the designated hitter in a makeshift lineup.