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Javier Báez’s 2-run single in 10th helps Tigers beat Red Sox 8-4

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Javier Báez’s 2-run single in 10th helps Tigers beat Red Sox 8-4

Detroit’s Carson Kelly, left, Wenceel Pérez, center, and Andrew Chafin, right, celebrate after beating the Red Sox on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in Boston. AP Photo/Steven Senne

BOSTON (AP) — Javier Báez’s two-run single highlighted a four-run 10th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat Boston 8-4 to send the Red Sox to their first loss on a Sunday and claim a share of their four-game series.

Rafael Devers hit a game-tying solo homer, an RBI triple and a sliding play to his left on Matt Vierling’s grounder for the Red Sox, who went a major league-best 9-0 on Sunday.

Wenceel Pérez added three hits, drove in a run and scored another on a close play for the Tigers, who won for only the third time in their last 15 games against Boston.

Pinch hitter Andy Ibáñez’s RBI double against Cam Booser (0-2) put the Tigers ahead in the 10th before Báez singled and Carson Kelly added an RBI double.

Andrew Chafin (3-1) got four outs for the win.

The Red Sox had left the bases loaded in the ninth when Connor Wong flied out to right.

Detroit erased an early 3-0 deficit and chased down Boston starter Brayan Bello to take a 4-3 lead in the seventh before Devers’ outing to Alex Faedo cleared the top of the Green Monster deep in center LEFT.

Bello went up 3-2 with two runners on and one out before Pérez lined an RBI double against Justin Slaten. With the infield, Riley Greene scored the go-ahead run when shortstop David Hamilton made a diving stop on Mark Canha’s grounder.

The Red Sox had built a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first three innings off Casey Mize.

Bello was charged with four runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Enmanuel Valdez, who hit two homers for his first career multihomer game in Saturday’s win, delivered an RBI single. Jarren Duran homered in the second and Devers’ triple down the right field line made it 3-0.

Mize allowed three runs, two earned, in four innings.

TRAINERS ROOM

Tigers: OF Canha was back in the lineup after being scratched late Friday with left hip soreness. He trained on Saturday and felt ready to go.

Red Sox: Placed 2B Vaughn Grissom on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring that he aggravated by throwing a grounder Saturday. … INF/OF Romy Gonzalez also sat on the 10-day IL due to a left hamstring strain.

FINALLY DONE

With two players on the IL, the Red Sox promoted 28-year-old infielder/flyout Jamie Westbrook from Triple-A Worcester.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by Arizona, Westbrook is now in his sixth organization and played independent ball in 2020 when minor league baseball was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He won a silver medal with the United States at the Tokyo Olympics.

“A lot of tears,” he said, standing at his locker. “This has been a long time coming. …Today is the day I always dreamed of. It’s really cool to have lasted this long.

He walked with two outs and a hit in the ninth when the Red Sox loaded the bases.

FOLLOWING

Tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (7-1, 2.01 ERA) is scheduled to start the first game of a three-game series against the Texas Rangers.

Red Sox: Monday off before RHP Kutter Crawford (2-4, 3.29) is scheduled to start the first game of a two-game series at Fenway Park against Atlanta on Tuesday.

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