Sandy Leon broke the tie with a two-run single in the eighth inning as part of a Boston Red Sox four-run attack that took the Detroit Tigers 7-5 on Sunday.
The Red Sox rallied four career disadvantages and finally took the lead against the Detroit bullpen. The Tigers won 4-3 in the eighth inning when Bruce Rondon (0-1) opened with a Mookie Betts ticket and allowed a single to Chirs Young.
An error by left fielder Justin Upton, in a pitch after Young’s hit, left runners second and third. After an intentional ticket, Kyle Ryan climbed the mound and walked on to emerging Brock Holt to enter the race for equality.
Leon followed with his line to the central forest and Boston took the lead by 6-4.
Matt Barnes (1-0) took the victory as a reliever. Craig Kimbrell allowed a run in the ninth chapter but recovered to take his second save of the season and his 21st consecutive.
For the Red Sox, the Venezuelans Leon of 4-2 with two produced and one annotated; Pablo Sandoval of 4-0. Marco Hernandez of 4-3 with a tow and a touchdown.
For the Tigers, the Venezuelans Víctor Martínez of 5-2 with one impelled; Miguel Cabrera of 5-2. The Cuban Jose Iglesias of 4-0.