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BOSTON (AP) — Adam Duvall had four RBIs including a three-run home run, Justin Turner added a solo shot and the Boston Red Sox won their series against the Detroit Tigers with a 6-3 win on Sunday.
Trevor Story went 4 for 4 with three doubles and two stolen bases for Boston, Connor Wong had an RBI triple and Duvall added a runs scoring single.
Boston went 5-5 in a season-high 10 home games and wore their bright yellow and power blue City Connect jerseys for the seventh straight game. The Red Sox improved to 11-2 in their alternate jerseys this season and 26-6 since their inception in 2021.
Boston hit six runs over five innings against former Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (8-6) and took two of three runs from the Tigers and won for the fifth time in seven games.
Akil Baddoo hit a solo home run over the Green Monster for the Tigers, their fifth solo drive over the Fenway Park left field wall in two days. Miguel Cabrera got a good hand before his last shot. The 12-time 2012 All-Star and Triple Crown winner announced last fall that this will be his final season.
Garrett Whitlock (5-3), who was left off the injured list, allowed an unearned run in two innings without a hit, and Kenley Janson worked on a leadoff single in the ninth inning to make his 27th save from 30 chances.
Rodriguez was a member of the Red Sox for six years, including the World Series champions in 2018, playing 64:39 for Boston before signing a five-year, $77 million deal with the Tigers after the 2021 season.
Duvall hit a 403-foot throw completely outside of Fenway to make it 6-2 in the fifth inning after Story hit a double when Baddoo lost his fly to the left in the sun and Masataka Yoshida hit a single.
Turner’s 401-foot dash gave Boston a 2-1 lead in the third. Duvall added his RBI single in the inning after Story hit a single and stole second and third places.
Detroit made two consecutive good defensive plays in the fourth round. Second baseman Zach McKinstry dove right to snatch Triston Casas’ grounder before getting up and throwing for the first time. Then Rodriguez came off the mound and smacked Wong’s ball with his bare hands, initially putting him into a tight play.
Boston third baseman Luis Urías made a backwards falling tag on Riley Greene and attempted a double in the eighth.
Boston improved his six-inning lead to an MLB best of 48-3.
Another hard hit
In Rodriguez’s only other career start against his former team, on April 13 last year, he gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings, two of them earned.
Tigers: Shortstop Javier Báez was on the bereavement list as planned after suffering a scratch in his right knee on Saturday. Isan Díaz was recalled by Triple-A Toledo to take his squad spot.
Red Sox: Story returned to the lineup after taking Saturday off, his first after playing four straight games following offseason elbow surgery. … Manager Alex Cora said right-hander Tanner Houck would start for either Triple-A Worcester or Double-A Portland on Wednesday. Houck has been out since mid-June after sustaining a facial fracture caused by a line drive by Yankees player Kyle Higashioka.
Tigers: RHP Alex Faedo (2-4, 5.80 ERA) starts Tuesday in the opener of the two-game series in Minnesota. RHP Bailey Ober (6-6, 3.40) is set to pick the Twins.
Red Sox: A bullpen game is likely Tuesday at the start of a three-game streak in Washington. RHP Josiah Gray (7-9, 3.69) is lined up for the Nationals.
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