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15 April 2017, 11:52 | Simon Arnold
Fantasy Impact Sale pitched well enough to win but did not get support from the Red Sox hitters. He all but neglected his changeup, throwing it only four times despite facing a Red Sox lineup featuring six left-handed hitters. Unfortunately, he left with a no-decision after the Tigers scored the winning run in the eighth inning after Verlander had left the game.
Barnes (1-0) got the win by allowing one hit in two innings.
Farrell said the team was waiting for an MRI to be reviewed. "We know what's in front of us. We have a number of guys that aren't 100 percent, but there's a lot of fight in this group". Hanley Ramirez was still out with an illness.
The Tigers led 4-3 in the eighth when Bruce Rondon (0-1) allowed a leadoff walk to Betts and a single by Chris Young. Then Castellanos committed his second error of the season at third base.
"He's intentionally-walked a couple of times to get to me, and I've got him a couple of times in the past", Castellanos said. When things finally got going, both teams quietly went 1-2-3 in the first inning.
"You take three out of four from a team like that, that won (93 games) previous year".
Craig Kimbrel allowed a run in the ninth but recovered for his second save of the season. After two starts, the Detroit ace's ERA stands at 1.35. Victor Martinez almost tied it with a drive to right, but it went foul, and he ended up settling for an RBI single.
Sale gave up five hits, walked one and fanned 10 in 7 2/3 innings.
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Porcello looked briefly hobbled at one point when he brushed against Detroit third base coach Dave Clark while going to back up the base. "I knew what was at stake and the crowd was there, the energy was there and you know it was just a fun, I kind of soaked it in a little bit, it was a fun at bat and I was able to come through". "I was watching the ball, and didn't see him".
"I just feel free up there again", he said. "It feels good when I'm able to do that".
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Young hit an RBI double and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a run-scoring single for Boston in the eighth before Sandoval's big swing. After Jose Iglesias flew out to right field and JaCoby Jones was blown away by a high fastball, Sale just needed one more out to give the Red Sox lineup another chance in a tie game. It turned out Kinsler had come off the bag an instant before making the catch-and-throw to first.
Sale retired the first two batters of the bottom of the eighth, including his 10th strikeout, before allowing Austin Romine's second double of the day.
"The four total walks and the base hit (in the eighth), obviously, are a hard one here", Boston manager John Farrell said. Bradley said afterward he's hopeful he can avoid the DL, but he was set to return to Boston for further evaluation. He was dealing, but the Red Sox couldn't give him more than one run of support.
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