Rob Refsnyder hits a 2-run homer as Red Sox sweep Tigers, 6-2

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Boston Red Sox’s Rob Refsnyder celebrates after his two home runs in the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Rob Refsnyder hit a two-run homer in the third inning and the Boston Red Sox posted their third sweep of the season, beating the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Jarren Duran and Alex Verdugo each added a two-run brace as Boston won for the eighth time in 10 games. Michael Wacha (6-1) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts to help the Red Sox reach a season-high eight games over .500.

Javier Báez hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who lost nine of 11.

Tarik Skubal (5-5) went 4 2/3 innings and allowed six runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He has lost his last three starts.

Báez put the Tigers ahead in the first, sinking Wacha’s first-pitch fastball into the seats over the green monster for his sixth homer of the season. He extended his hitting streak to seven games, one night after finishing a cycle-shy double.

Báez has homered three in his last five games after hitting just one in the previous 45 games.

The lead lasted until the third when Duran tied the game, tearing up a line drive into the left field corner that scored Christian Vázquez and Bobby Dalbec.

Refsnyder was next and recovered from an 0-2 count to lift a fly ball to left center that hit the monster lip. It was initially ruled a double, but was later ruled a home run after a quick review by umpires.

The drive was Refsnyder’s first home run for Boston since signing as a free agent in December.

Detroit had runners on the corners with no outs in the sixth, but Wacha escaped by taking out Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman before Spencer Torkelson lined up center.


Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said Duran will not travel with the team for its three-game series next week in Toronto because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and under rules Canadian, he is not allowed to enter the country.


Tigers: RHP Rony Garcia (1-2, 4.97 ERA) will look for his second straight win when he takes to the mound to open Detroit’s three-game series at Arizona on Friday.

Red Sox: RHP Nick Pivetta (7-5, 3.31) is on the mound as Boston opens a three-game series at Cleveland on Friday.

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