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Detroit0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 370
Boston0 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 x 7102
  W: R. Porcello (1-3)   L: J. Zimmermann (0-4)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, April 25, 2019
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 34,165

Red Sox feel offensive lift heading into finale with Tigers

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Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox won four of six games against the Tigers last season. Boston held Detroit to two total runs in its four wins while Detroit held Boston to two runs in the Sox' two losses. Three of the six games were shutouts, two by Boston and one by Detroit.
  2. The Tigers took two of three games from the White Sox in Detroit over the weekend. Shane Greene recorded a save in each win and he has now saved each of the Tigers' ten wins this season. Since saves became an official stat in 1969, no team has recorded a save its first 11 wins of a season.
  3. The Red Sox swept a three-game series with the Rays in Tampa over the weekend. Boston scored its winning runs in the 8th, 9th and 11th innings of the three games, listed in order by date. Eight of the Red Sox' nine wins this season have seen them score the winning runs in the seventh inning or later.
  4. Nicholas Castellanos led the Tigers with 23 home runs last season. He was the fifth different player to lead Detroit in home runs over the last five seasons. Three of those five are no longer on the team and the other two, Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera have yet to homer in 162 total plate appearances in 2019.
  5. Mookie Betts went 6-for-12 in the series with the Rays. He came into the series with six hits in his previous 11 games. Betts has just eight extra-base hits (four doubles and four HR) through 22 games this season. He had 16 extra-base hits (eight doubles and eight HR) in as many games to start last season.
  6. Matthew Boyd had his third straight quality start against the Pirates on April 16, a 7.0-inning outing with three earned runs and seven strikeouts. With his 36 strikeouts through four starts, Boyd has equaled Max Scherzer in 2013 and Hal Newhouser in 1943 for the most to start a season in Tigers' history.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/22/2019 thru 4/25/2019

Reinvigorated by their best offensive showing of the season, the Boston Red Sox seek a series split when they host the Detroit Tigers in the finale of a four-game set Thursday night.

The Red Sox scored a season-high 11 runs in a victory Wednesday after being swept in a doubleheader a day prior. The bulk of Boston's damage came in the bottom of the eighth, when it sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven times to make the contest a blowout.

Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello (0-3, 8.47 ERA) will hope that production spills over as he faces his former team and fellow righty Jordan Zimmermann (0-3, 4.94 ERA) in the finale.

Wednesday's offensive explosion seemed a long time coming for Boston, which has struggled on offense a year after leading the league in runs scored. All season the Red Sox have seemed close to hanging a crooked number on an opponent before ultimately falling flat.

Such was the case in the tail end of Tuesday's doubleheader, when Boston left 13 men on base and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in a 4-2 defeat. So it was a relief to finally break through Wednesday, albeit in a game where the team already had a 4-1 lead late.

"We were kind of talking about it, joking about it today in the (indoor) cage. We were like, 'This is the first night we've actually had it like this. Last year, it felt like we had a lot like these," J.D. Martinez, who had three hits in the win, said. "This is the first one. It's good."

Martinez became the third player in team history to get a hit in 23 of its first 25 games, joining Shea Hillenbrand in 2001 and Eddie Bressoud in 1964. Among other positives for Boston: Mookie Betts has four multi-hit games in his last six contests, and Christian Vazquez has driven in 11 runs in his last 10 games.

On the other side, the Tigers scuffled offensively in Wednesday's loss, getting just two hits in the first seven innings. Detroit tacked on three runs in the ninth but fell well short to snap a three-game winning streak.

"I told (the players), 'We've won two out of three in Boston, and we have a chance to win three out of four tomorrow. So forget about this one. It's over with. We've got a chance to win three out of four here; let's do it,'" Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

For Zimmermann, who has lost each of his last three starts after giving up five runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox last time out, Fenway Park brings few good memories. He is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in three starts at the ballpark and 2-1 with a 4.45 ERA in five starts against the Red Sox overall.

Meanwhile, Porcello showed signs of turning his poor start around when he allowed just two runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last outing. He walked only one batter after issuing 12 base on balls in his first 11 1/3 innings.

Porcello is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts against the Tigers, with whom he pitched from 2009-14. He'll look to cool off former teammate Miguel Cabrera, who enters the contest riding a 10-game hitting streak.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2019

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