Red Sox - 400 002 220 - 10 16 1 Tigers - 020 000 000 - 2 4 0First of all, the bullpen did not suck. After Rick Porcello (7-4-2-2-8, 105) departed, Heath Hembree and Fernando Abad each pitched one inning and each retired the Tigers in order, with Abad striking out two of his three batters in the ninth.
David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley hit two-run home runs in the first inning to get the Red Sox off on the good foot. Boston scored twice in the sixth on four straight singles, with Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia getting the RBI. Hanley Ramirez drove in four runs with a pair of doubles in the seventh and eighth innings, finishing the night 3-for-5.
The Blue Jays lost to Cleveland on Tyler Naquin's inside-the-park walk-off home run (right after Jose Ramirez had homered to tie the game at 2-2), so Boston is 0.5 GB. (In Baltimore, four of the first five Orioles batters in the first inning hit home runs - previously unprecedented in major league history - but the Astros ruined their night by winning 15-8.)
Pedroia, 2BBoston and Baltimore are both 1.5 games behind Toronto. The Orioles host the Astros and the Blue Jays are in Cleveland.
Alex Speier, Globe:
Why is there such an extreme disconnect between the public view of Red Sox manager Farrell – at least the loudest one – and that of the Red Sox organization? ...
Indeed, as much as there have been games where Farrell’s bullpen management has caused members of the organization to scratch their heads – if not throw rocks at their televisions at times – there hasn’t been any serious internal conversation in the Red Sox organization about changing the manager. Barring an extreme event like a 10-game losing streak that decimates the Sox’ postseason chances, there isn’t going to be, at least not for the rest of the season.