MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Detroit0 2 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 7101
Boston4 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 x 11143
  W: N. Pivetta (4-0)   L: M. Fulmer (1-2)   S: M. Barnes (7)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, May 4, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 4,677

Red Sox try to get back on track vs. hapless Tigers

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Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox have won their last five games against the Tigers, their second-longest active winning streak against any opponent (nine straight against Reds).
  2. J.D. Martinez is the only player all-time to hit at least 75 home runs for both the Tigers (99) and Red Sox (95).
  3. The Tigers have scored five or fewer runs in 17 straight games, tied for their second-longest single-season streak in the designated-hitter era (since 1973) behind a 24-game streak in 2002.
  4. Akil Baddoo has struck out 29 times over his last 15 games. The only Tiger to have more strikeouts over a 15-game span in the live-ball era (since 1920) was Niko Goodrum last season (32).
  5. Michael Fulmer has held AL East opponents to a .349 slugging percentage over his career, fourth lowest by any pitcher since he entered the majors in 2016 (minimum 15 starts) behind Max Scherzer (.339), Justin Verlander (.343) and Chris Sale (.345).
  6. Nick Pivetta is the fifth pitcher in Red Sox history to throw at least 5.0 innings and allow no more than one hit in back-to-back starts, along with Howard Ehmke (1923), Dennis Bennett (1966), Pedro Martinez (2002) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (2011).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/4/2021 thru 5/6/2021

The Boston Red Sox look to rebound from their first losing series in a month when they host the slumping Detroit Tigers in the start of a three-game set Tuesday.

The Red Sox dropped three of four in Texas over the weekend -- their first series loss since getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles to open the season. The Rangers took each of the last two games, including a late-inning comeback victory Sunday.

The Tigers enter on a five-game losing streak. Detroit, with the worst record in baseball, has lost 10 of its last 11 games and been shut out three times in four days. That run was extended with a 2-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

The three games in Boston will conclude a nine-game trip for Detroit. The Red Sox will return to the road after the series.

Right-hander Nick Pivetta (3-0, 2.81 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Red Sox after giving up just one hit in an impressive five-inning showing last time out against the New York Mets. The Tigers had yet to announce a starter as of Monday afternoon.

Boston embraced having Monday off after the way things went in Texas. Sunday's loss was particularly frustrating, as the team entered the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead. Adam Ottavino began the frame by walking the leadoff hitter and got two outs before the Rangers scored three runs for an eventual 5-3 victory.

"We're still a good team. Nothing has changed," manager Alex Cora said. "Like I told you guys when we started 0-3, we felt like we had a good team, and after we won all those games, we still have a good team.

"This is the first series we've lost since the first one. So we reset tomorrow, enjoy the family, and hopefully it's a sunny day in Boston. We can enjoy it and be ready for Tuesday."

The Boston offense has gone 6-for-24 with runners in scoring position during its two-game skid. Xander Bogaerts had three hits Sunday, including his fifth home run in his last 12 games.

Detroit's offensive woes are much more severe, with the team last in the American League in runs scored (79). Sunday's shutout loss carried extra disappointment after starter Jose Urena did his part by holding the Yankees to two runs on three hits over seven innings.

"He pitched well enough to win that game," skipper A.J. Hinch said. "It wasn't a wasted effort, because we need that effort all the time. It was a wasted opportunity."

Pivetta outpitched Mets ace Jacob deGrom by holding New York scoreless over five innings during his last outing. He matched a season high with seven strikeouts. Pivetta has given up two runs or less in four of his five starts.

The veteran has faced Detroit just once, holding the Tigers hitless over 3 2/3 innings of relief in 2019 while a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 3, 2021

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