Refsneider hits Homer 2nd as Red Sox scans the Tigers, 6-2

BOSTON (AP) – Rob Refsnyder has learned how elusive opportunities are in the big leagues, jumping on five different teams in seven seasons.

The 31-year-old already feels that his sixth stop in Boston is what he expected.

Refsnyder hit a two-wheeled hostage in the third edition to help the Red Sox post the third sweeping series of the season, defeating the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Wednesday night.

In just 10 games, Refsnyder has 11 hits in 27 at-bats with five RBIs.

“So many points in my early career I was not excited or happy with how I was playing,” he said. “I believe that the Red Sox really believe that you are reaching the big leagues, you are not a finished product, you can continue to improve. … They really help me to develop at the age of 31. “Fortunately I have that.”

Jarren Duran and Alex Verdugo each added a double run as Boston won for the eighth time in 10 games. Michael Wacha (6-1) made six appearances, allowing two straight and five seven-pointers to help the Red Sox improve to eight games over 0,500 for the season.

“He gave us everything we needed,” said coach Alex Cora of Wacha, who has kept opponents at an average of 0.125 with runners in scoring position.

Javier Báez hit a two-wheeled hostage for the Tigers, who have lost nine of their 11.

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

“You want to save a victory. “We jumped forward today and we could not finish the game positively,” said Tigers coach AJ Hinch.

Báez put the Tigers ahead, leading Wacha’s fastball to the first court in places above the Green Monster for his sixth home run of the season. He extended his strike streak to seven games, one night after completing twice the cycle.

Báez has three homers in his last five games, having scored just one in his previous 45 games.

The lead lasted until the third, when Duran equalized the game, tearing a line of movement in the left corner of the field scored by Christian Vázquez and Bobby Dalbec.

Refsnyder was next and came from 0-2 to lift a fly ball in the left center that hit from the edge of Monster. He was initially considered a double, but was later considered a Homer after a quick criticism from the referees.

The drive was Refsnyder’s first hostage for Boston since he signed as a free agent in December.

Detroit had runners in the corners without outs in the sixth, but Wachsa escaped by hitting Harold Castro and Robbie Grossman before Spencer Torkelson lined up in the center.

Cora said the way the Red Sox were able to combine early hits with good baserunning and solid defense is encouraging.

“Being able to apply pressure in different ways, not just on the cork box, is good to see,” he said.


Red Sox: Cora has said that Duran will not travel with the team for the three-game series next week to Toronto because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19 and is not allowed to enter the country under Canadian rules.


Red Sox rookie Jeter Downs did not make exactly the big league debut he wanted (0-4), but he did not make the night any less memorable.

“It was the most beautiful thing I have ever done in my life. I still can not believe it happened. I still can not believe that the game is over. “I felt so fast,” Downs said. “It did not turn out the way I wanted, but ok. The team got the victory “.

Along with the presence of many family members, the 25-year-old also received a pregame congratulations tweet from the Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, who met his namesake a few years ago.

“Congratulations and good luck … unless you play the Yankees,” he wrote in the message.


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

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


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