Red Sox - 000 001 400 - 5 7 0 Tigers - 005 032 00x - 10 10 0In the bottom of the third, a walk and a double put Tigers on second and third with no one out, and the top of Detroit's order coming up. Henry Owens looked like he was going to escape, however. Ian Kinsler flied to center and the runner at third stayed put. Owens struck out Cameron Maybin and then intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera.
Owens went to a 1-2 count on J.D. Martinez - one strike away from heading back to the dugout with the game still scoreless - but Martinez slapped an outside pitch to right for a two-run double and Justin Upton followed with a three-run homer to center.
Owens needed only three pitches to get the first two men in the fifth, but Cabrera singled, Martinez doubled, and Upton cracked another three-run dong. Owens (5-6-8-5-6, 97) recorded the third out, but that was the end of his afternoon. Walks continued to plague Owens, who franked at least one batter in each of the first four innings. He was helped by two inning-ending double plays, in the first and fourth.
Junichi Tazawa came on to pitch the sixth and promptly gave up two more runs.
Andrew Benintendi tripled to open the sixth and scored on Dustin Pedroia's fly to right. Benintendi also hit his first major league home run (again), with a man aboard, in the seventh. ... Sandy Leon had two hits and upped his average to .386. ... David Ortiz hit his 39th double of the season in the first inning.
The Blue Jays lost to Cleveland 3-2, so the Red Sox remain only 0.5 GB Toronto. Boston now heads for Tampa Bay for a four-game series.
Pedroia, 2BEduardo Rodriguez was pulled from this start because of continued soreness in his left hamstring:
I don't want to get in the game tomorrow and do something wrong and get that crazy or get in the game and not focus on throwing strikes and focus on whether I can still feel that. I had that feeling before with my knee. I know it's going to be something wrong. It doesn't make the pitch where I want it or give up a lot of runs.