BOSTON – The Red Sox were swept away in a day-night doubleheader by the Detroit Tigers, falling in the nightcap 4-2.
Detroit’s Brandon Dixon hit a bases-clearing three-run double in the fourth inning. All three runs were charged to starter Hector Velazquez, who went 3 1/3 innings in the losing effort.
The Tigers would add an insurance run in the ninth.
Boston stranded 12 men in the loss.
The Red Sox got some positive production from two of their top prospects. Third baseman Michael Chavis hit his first major league home run in the eighth inning.
Meanwhile, top pitching prospect Darwinzon Hernandez made his major league debut as the 26th man for the doubleheader. The lefty tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out four while allowing four hits. He walked one.
Xander Bogaerts drove in a run with a single. Bogaerts hit two home runs in the afternoon contest.
The Sox and Tigers will play the third game of their four-game set on Wednesday. Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 7.20 ERA) will take the ball against Detroit’s Tyson Ross (1-2, 3.38 ERA).