Zimmermann sharp as Tigers beat Red Sox 4-1

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Things started strong with a strikeout, but then he left a fastball middle-in to James McCann, and for the second straight game the Tigers catcher launched it over the left field wall.

Bradley Jr.'s deep sacrifice fly in the second put Boston on top and Detroit tied it in the third.

Porcello wasn't sharp in his second start of the season allowing 11 hits and four runs, three earned, working into the seventh inning. Mookie Betts remains out with flu-like symptoms, and Hanley Ramirez is now joining him.

"I thought that inning, the way it unfolded", Farrell said, "Heath had gotten through the meat of the order with, in particular (Nick) Castellanos and (Miguel) Cabrera, the way he was going through it".

Tyler Collins led the Tigers with two hits in the game, while Justin Upton had two walks for the second consecutive day.

"Tomorrow's another game, just like the other 161 we're going to play", he said.

Following as successful rain-shortened homestand to open the season, the Boston Red Sox set out on their first road trip to visit the Detroit Tigers for the start of a four-game set.

"You'd rather hold on to a four-run lead in the last couple innings, but we'll take a win any way we can get it". However, Bradley led off the inning with a flyout to left field, and while he was casually rounding first he tripped. He was eventually able to walk off the field and seemed OK.

Left-hander Kyle Ryan was activated from the paternity list before the game and made it through a scoreless eighth inning for the Tigers.

An idiot in Detroit today managed to evade security long enough to get nearly all the way across the field, breaking from a casual skip into a full sprint, before looping back and ultimately getting tackled. The slugger's status for the last two games of the series in Detroit is questionable.

Ryan said he took a auto service from central OH to Detroit. He allowed nine runs on 13 hits in three innings against Atlanta on March 27 while experiencing a dead arm. Some debris fell into the lower seating area, but nobody appeared hurt.

"The home opener in Detroit is a big deal, so you want to feel good about your chances of winning", manager Brad Ausmus said.

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (1-0) takes the mound against his former team when he faces Detroit on Sunday.

Fulmer didn't make his major league debut until April 29 previous year, so pitching in Detroit at the very start of the season will be new to him.