Chris Sale beat Justin Verlander to win his seventh straight decision in an aces duel, and the Boston Red Sox finally took off in Saturday’s 11-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Mitch Moreland’s two-run double broke the tie in the seventh inning, which Boston scored three times. The Red Sox made five more in the eighth and for the second night defeated Detroit with a last-gasp attack.
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The Red Sox have won 13 of 19.
Sale (8-2) pitched seven solid innings, allowing three runs and nine hits, seven strikeouts and no payouts.
Verlander had to be replaced in the fifth because of a high pitch count, allowing three runs and four tickets. Detroit has lost four of five.
With runners in first and second, Moreland doubled the Green Monster to Warwick Saupold (1-1). Josh Rutledge added a simple tug.
For the Tigers, the Venezuelans Miguel Cabrera of 4-1, one impelled; And Víctor Martínez of 4-1. The Cuban Jose Iglesias of 4-2, an annotated one.
For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez of 5-1. Sandy Leon 4-1, one scored and one RBI.