Red Sox rally with 4 in 8th inning, beat Tigers 7-5

The Red Sox got another scare in the ninth when center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. fell after rounding first base.

In a normal game, that's a concern.

Chris Sale strikes out 10 but takes the loss.

He is serving as the Tigers' super utilityman and will start against select right-handers in centerfield.

MARINERS 6, ASTROS 0: James Paxton shut down Houston for the second time in a week, pitching seven innings of four-hit ball and leading Seattle to a wi n in its home opener.

Only one time in Kinsler's career can he remember being part of a one-two punch that packed this much power at the top of the lineup.

Michael Brantley delivered a two-run RBI double in the 10th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox in their first home game since last year's dramatic Game 7 of the World Series. On Wednesday against Seattle, he entered in a tie game in the eighth and kept things even, striking out seven and holding the Mariners without a hit.

"He's a true horse", Ausmus said.

Once Verlander got the curveball going, he racked up a few more punchouts. In five starts against Sale, Verlander has a 1.46 ERA.

PHOENIX - Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two during a five-run fifth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied from three down to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-3 on Friday night.

One explanation might be that Verlander knows the margin for error against a pitcher like Sale is so low.

"And I think that was a big pitch for him when he got behind".

It for a bit like the one run they managed would be enough, however.

"It was literally, do whatever you have to do to keep them from scoring another run". Instead, the eighth continued with Sale being taken out for Heath Hembree, who had the pleasure of facing Miguel Cabrera. The Sox had four hits and scored their only run on a double play, a wasted opportunity that would sting in a tight game.

The next batter, Pablo Sandoval looked at a low fastball that Verlander was convinced was strike three.

"It's not like we could go home and quit".

"Well, I mean, the problem is pitchers aren't going to be flawless", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Verlander also threw another 20 sliders among his 112* pitches, a 17.8 percent rate that is in line with what he threw in 2016. That gave Ivan Nova the cushion he would need at PNC Park, where the game time temperature was 37 degrees. Leadoff double and Sandoval is a guy who grinds me pretty well. But I just felt like we had to.

"When I looked at it (later) it was 50-50, could go both ways". Home plate umpire Dan Bellino denied it and Verlander snapped at him.

"We let bygones be bygones. It's hard to tone down those natural feelings sometimes".

Upton, Ausmus said, is considered day-to-day.

"It changes the whole outlook of our team, to have the (No.) 1, 2 or 3 guy - he could be any of those guys - in the rotation healthy and throwing the ball well", second baseman Ian Kinsler said.

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