DETROIT – Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers did it again.
The left side of the infield powered the Red Sox to a 9-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers Friday night in the Motor City. The game took more than five and a half hours to complete thanks to a lengthy rain delay.
Bogaerts homered and drove in four runs while Devers went 1-for-3 with two runs driven in.
Bogaerts’ three run blast in the eighth inning proved to be the difference. The Red Sox were leading 6-5 at the time and were clinging on after a rough outing from Marcus Walden, who was tagged for four runs and recorded just one out in relief of Eduardo Rodriguez, who was pulled after the rain delay.
Rodriguez went five innings and was charged with one run on four hits.
Ryan Brasier went 1 2/3 innings after replacing Walden and held the Tigers scoreless. Matt Barnes also worked a scoreless eighth inning. Heath Hembree allowed a run in the ninth.
The Red Sox and Tigers will continue their series on Saturday. Boston will send Rick Porcello (5-7, 5.07 ERA) to the mound against Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (0-5, 5.36 ERA).