MLB Game Recap - Boston at Detroit
Sun Jul 7, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

BAL
1
TOR
6
F
PHI
8
NYM
3
F
CLE
11
CIN
1
F
BOS
6
DET
3
F
NYY
1
TB
2
F
MIA
3
ATL
4
F
MIL
5
PIT
6
F
KC
2
WAS
5
F
TEX
4
MIN
1
F(11)
LAA
10
HOU
11
F(10)
CHC
1
CHW
3
F
STL
0
SF
1
F
COL
3
ARI
5
F
OAK
7
SEA
4
F
SD
5
LAD
3
F

July 7, 2019 1:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Boston (49-41)

0

2

0

0

3

0

0

1

0

6

9

0

Detroit (28-57)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

3

6

1

W: Price (7-2)

L: Soto (0-3)

S: Hembree (2)

BOS - HR: Vazquez (14)

DET - HR: Dixon (12)

Price, Vazquez, Bogaerts lead Red Sox over Tigers for sweep
Sun Jul 7, 2019 6:04 PM

DETROIT (AP) David Price sent the Boston Red Sox sailing into the All-Star break with a bit of history Sunday.

Price pitched one-run ball over five innings and the Red Sox finished off a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 6-3 win. The victory was the 150th of Price's career.

"It will be cool to see that on the back of my baseball card, because it speaks for itself," he said. "That's winning 15 games a year for 10 seasons and I'm definitely proud of it."

The win gives Boston four straight victories and 15 wins in 22 games. The first two games of the series finished after midnight because of lengthy rain delays, but the series finale was played under bright sunshine.

"We had a tough finish, going from London to Toronto and then coming here with two long nights because of rain delays," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "To be able to grind out these wins and go into the break like this is great."

Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts each drove in two runs.

"We're getting close," Vazquez said. "We have a couple of things to adjust and if we do that, we're going to be at the top."

For the Tigers, a bad season has gotten even worse. They have lost 14 of 16 and have gone 6-25 since June 1.

"This is a much-needed break for us," said Brandon Dixon, who homered for Detroit. "We can go home, forget about baseball for a few days and come back refreshed."

The Tigers return from the break with a seven-game road trip, which might be the best news of all. Detroit has gone 3-25 in its last 28 home games and hasn't won a series at Comerica since early May.

"I've never been through anything like this, at least not at home," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Everyone in baseball knows you have to win at home to be any good and we're not coming close to doing that."

Price struck out six, walked two and allowed four hits. He's allowed 15 earned runs over his past 10 starts, going 6-0.

"Every five days, we know what we're getting," Cora said. "He makes adjustments - one day he's throwing 94 and the next it is 89-90 with a changeup and precision. That's why he has 150 major-league wins."

Detroit played the final eight innings without designated hitter Miguel Cabrera, who was ejected for arguing a called third strike.

"They told me he was waving his arms around in the dugout, so they threw him out," Gardenhire said. "I told them he always does that - most of the time I have no idea who he is even talking to."

Heath Hembree, the fifth Boston pitcher, pitched the ninth for his second career save.

Tigers opener Gregory Soto (0-3) took the loss. He gave up two runs and three hits in two innings, raising his ERA to 8.14.

After falling behind 6-1 and 7-0 in the first two games of the series, the Tigers jumped out to an early lead. Victor Reyes drew a walk to start the first and scored on Nicholas Castellanos's double.

The lead didn't last long, as Vazquez hit a two-run homer with one out in the second.

Bogaerts added a two-run double off Nick Ramirez in the fourth, and Andrew Benintendi made it 5-1 with an RBI single later in the inning.

J.D. Martinez gave Boston a five-run lead in the eighth, scoring on a wild pitch. Martinez had two hits.

ROSTER MOVE

The Tigers designated reliever Austin Adams for assignment and will announce a corresponding roster move after the break. Adams had a 5.14 ERA in 13 games as a long reliever after being signed off waivers from Minnesota.

SELECT COMPANY FOR PRICE

Price is only the ninth pitcher since 1920 to have 150 wins with a winning percentage of .650 and an ERA under 3.30. The others are Sandy Koufax, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Whitey Ford, Lefty Grove, Ron Guidry, Clayton Kershaw and Price's former teammate in Detroit, Max Scherzer.

REVENGE OF THE 2014 TIGERS ROTATION

The Tigers made their last postseason appearance in 2014, finishing a game ahead of the Royals to win their fourth straight AL Central title before being swept by Baltimore in the ALDS. On Sunday, Price became the fifth starter from that team to beat the 2019 Tigers at Comerica Park and the second in 24 hours. Rick Porcello was the winner in Friday's series opener, while Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez won in Detroit earlier in the season.

UP NEXT

Both teams are off until Friday for the All-Star break. The Red Sox resume play with a home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Tigers are on the road to play the Kansas City Royals.

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Pitchers of Record

Boston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
D. Price (W, 7-2) 5 4 1 2 6 1.80 1.200
H. Hembree (S, 2) 1 1 0 0 1 0.00 1.000
Detroit IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
G. Soto (L, 0-3) 2 3 2 0 1 9.00 1.500

Batting Leaders

Boston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Martinez 3 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 2.3
M. Hernandez 4 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 1.1
Detroit AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
B. Dixon 3 1 1 1 2 1 4 0 2.1
N. Castellanos 4 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 1.5

Team Comparison

BOS DET
At Bats 36 33
Hits 9 6
Batting Average .250 .182
On Base Percentage .289 .270
Slugging Percentage 0.389 0.333
Doubles 2 2
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 1 1
Total Bases 14 11
Walks 2 4
Strikeouts 8 13
Stolen Bases 1 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 5 7
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/8 0/8
Double Plays Fielded 0 1
Errors 0 1

2019 Regular Season - BOS Leads Series 5-2

Date Result Winner Loser
Tue Apr 23 DET 7 @ BOS 4 M. Boyd C. Brewer
Tue Apr 23 DET 4 @ BOS 2 S. Turnbull H. Velazquez
Wed Apr 24 DET 4 @ BOS 11 E. Rodriguez T. Ross
Thu Apr 25 DET 3 @ BOS 7 R. Porcello J. Zimmermann
Fri Jul 5 BOS 9 @ DET 6 E. Rodriguez R. Carpenter
Sat Jul 6 BOS 10 @ DET 6 R. Porcello J. Zimmermann
Sun Jul 7 BOS 6 @ DET 3 D. Price G. Soto

Game Information

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 23,187
Game Time: 3:30
Weather: 77F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?