BOSTON — Franchy Cordero had three hits, including a two-run single, and Josh Winckowski made the longest start of his short career Monday night to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2.
Jarren Duran had two hits, two stolen bases and two runs for Boston, which won for the sixth time in eight games to reach a season-high six games over .500. Duran doubled up and scored on Rafael Devers’ brace to break a third-inning tie.
Making his third major league appearance, Winckowski (2-1) allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk, striking out two in 6 2/3 innings. He went three innings, five innings and has now pitched the seventh, throwing 92 pitches – also a career high.
Tanner Houck threw the ninth for his fifth save.
Alex Faedo (1-4) lasted just 4 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who had won two in a row after losing six in a row. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed five runs – four earned – on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when Duran walked first, stole second and scored on JD Martinez’s single. After the Tigers tied the game early in the second, Duran and Devers hit back-to-back doubles to make it 2-1.
Boston added one in the fourth before Alex Verdugo hit a one-out single in the fifth and Trevor Story doubled it in the third to chase Faedo. Cordero doubled Tyler Alexander’s first pitch to center to make it 5-1.
TO COME DOWN
With the new 13-pitch limit, the Red Sox called up inside prospect Jeter Downs from Triple-A Worcester and designated right-hander James Norwood for assignment. The Red Sox acquired Norwood for cash from the Phillies on Saturday, but he did not appear in a game.
Downs, who did not play, was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the trade with Mookie Betts. He was hitting .180 in Triple-A.
Former Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez was present at the game to receive the team’s Hall of Fame plaque. His teammate David Ortiz introduced him to Ramirez on the pitch before the game. Ramirez also attended the TV show, while Ortiz sat next to the Red Sox dugout
Ramirez played for the team from 2001 to 2008 and was the World Series MVP in 2004, when the Red Sox won their first championship in 86 years. He was inducted into the Franchise Hall of Fame, along with Ortiz, in May. But while Ortiz was inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame on the first ballot, Ramirez never got more than 28.9% of the vote, likely due to two performance-enhancing drug suspensions.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale made a rehab debut against the Rays in the instructional league in Port Charlotte, Fla. He went one inning, allowing a run on a hit, a walk and a wild pitch. The retiree was Rays star Wander Franco, who is also in rehab. Sale, who broke a rib while practicing during the lockout, hasn’t faced a batter in the majors since October.
LHP Rich Hill (2-4) will start for Boston against Detroit RHP Beau Brieske (1-5) in the middle of a three-game series.