Cabrera homers, Tigers outlast Red Sox in slugfest 9-8
Fans celebrate after a three-run home run by Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON (AP) Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tyler Collins each had a pair of RBIs and the Detroit Tigers roughed up knuckleballer Steven Wright to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 on Tuesday night.
With the game tied in the sixth, Collins drew a bases-loaded two-out walk, which allowed Justin Upton to score the deciding run.
On a night when both starting pitchers struggled to string together outs, Detroit and Boston combined for 22 hits. Alex Wilson (1-0) got the victory, and Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 29th save.
David Ortiz had a three-run home run, but Boston's offense didn't have enough to offset a rare poor outing by Wright, who gave up nine hits and eight runs over 4 2/3 innings. Wright was leading the AL in ERA entering Tuesday.