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Ceddanne Rafaela hits 2 HRs and drives in 5 to help Red Sox beat Tigers 7-3

BOSTON (AP) — Ceddanne Rafaela homered twice for his first multi-homer game and drove in five runs, Tanner Houck got off to a solid start and the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night.

Houck (5-5) threw seven innings and gave up one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts. The righthander was hit in the throwing arm by Zach McKinstry’s comebacker with one out in the fifth inning. Houck stayed on the play and threw McKinstry to first base.

Rafaela dropped two career highs in RBIs April 27 against the Chicago Cubs.

Righthander Kenta Maeda (2-2) pitched 4 2/3 innings for Detroit, giving up five runs on a season-high eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts on the season.

Boston scored four runs in the fourth inning. Rafael Devers led off with a double and scored on Dominic Smith’s one-out double. After Vaughn Grissom singled, No. 9 hitter Rafaela hit a two-out homer over the Green Monster in left field, scoring Smith and Grissom.

The Red Sox added a run in the next inning on doubles by Connor Wong and Rob Refsnyder, ending Maeda’s outing when left-hander Joey Wentz entered.

After David Hamilton singled with one out in the sixth, Rafaela hit his seventh homerun of the season, giving Boston a 7-1 lead.

Detroit opened the scoring when Riley Greene singled with one out in the first inning, stole second base and scored on Gio Urshela’s two-out single.

Detroit’s Colt Keith hit a homer with two outs in the eighth off Greg Weissert.


Tigers: The injury to OF Kerry Carpenter, who was placed on the injured list Wednesday, was reclassified from lumbar spine inflammation to a stress fracture of the lumbar spine.

Red Sox: OF Tyler O’Neill, on the injured list since May 26 with right knee inflammation, received a cortisone shot Thursday and was able to return to the lineup Wednesday, his first day of eligibility. … LF/DH Masataka Yoshida, on the IL since April 29 with a left thumb strain, began hitting off a tee Thursday and was able to attend live batting practice on Saturday. … RHP Isaiah Campbell, on the IL since April 12 with a right shoulder impingement, was expected to pitch two innings Saturday in a rehab assignment.


Tigers RHP Reese Olson (1-5, 1.92 ERA) was scheduled to start Saturday against RHP Cooper Criswell (2-2, 3.96).

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