Tigers drop opener to Red Sox 5-3

Chris Sale vs. Justin Verlander matchup set for this weekend at Fenway

Chris Sale vs. Justin Verlander matchup set for this weekend at Fenway

Verlander held the Red Sox to one unearned run over seven innings, allowing just three hits and two walks. He surrendered four runs in five innings in his first outing against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 17, but followed that up with a complete game shutout of the Seattle Mariners on May 27.

In game two, the Red Sox had more trouble coming across runs as they were shut out and gave up eight runs.

The Tigers, who have lost three of their last four, got six solid innings from Jordan Zimmerman, who turned in his second straight quality start. The Red Sox had trouble converting base runners into runs. The Yankees were clearly the better team, for now.

"That's one of the longer home runs I've seen hit in this ballpark", said Farrell.

Moreland led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer to right, just out of J.D. Martinez's reach and into the bullpen. Bradley also drove in a run with a single in the fourth.

Nicholas Castellanos and Mikey Mahtook homered and Martinez and Jose Iglesias both had three hits for the Tigers (29-31). Verlander left his last start with right groin tightness but threw a 33-pitch bullpen session Thursday and reported no problems.

Moreland went 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. The center fielder got a great jump on the ball and laid out to make an incredible diving catch.

Brian Johnson, recalled by Boston earlier in the day from Triple-A Pawtucket, settled in after a rocky start and pitched 41/3 innings.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup after a stint on the 10-day DL with a sprained left wrist.

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