Moreland, who has 10 extra-base hits in his last 10 games, made a big stretch to save Pablo Sandoval from an error and end the top of the fourth, led off the bottom with his homer, starting the comeback. That frame started with a Jose Iglesias - Old Friend Alert - double and an Ian Kinsler single to put runners on the corners with nobody out.
At Fenway for three games this weekend are the Detroit Tigers, who are hovering around.500 but are just 2.5 games out of first place in the ugly AL Central. The first three batters got on with a couple singles and a walk to load the bases before recording an out.
Boston took the first game of the series on Friday, 5-3.
The killer crush came from who else but Mitch Moreland, who has torched the Tigers this season. Sale's teams have scored a combined nine runs in those five matchups. To this point in the game, Sale was cruising with just a few weak hits and six strikeouts through four innings. Verlander has struggled, but he still battles and is still capable for a dominant start. Verlander went seven innings with zero earned runs (1 run scored), 4 K's and 2 walks. That put Andrew Benintendi in a spot to break the game open, which he couldn't do.
The Tigers had tied it 2-2 in the fifth, but the Red Sox regained the lead that inning on Benintendi's sacrifice fly.
There isn't much Chris Sale hasn't done in his Major League Baseball career.
Sale and Verlander have faced off five times as starters.
The win, the Red Sox' fourth in 29 games when trailing after seven innings, ended Boston's two-game losing streak. Verlander has 18, which is tied for seventh-most. Josh Rutledge added an RBI single. Boston has scored five runs or more in each of its last four wins while being held to two runs or less in each of its last three losses. MLB fans in Boston will be hoping he keeps it up opposite Daniel Norris for Detroit on Sunday Night Baseball.
This was a good overall win, with Sale doing his job and the offense doing theirs.
Asked about the.231 batting average being a bit misleading, Farrell said, "The percentage of hard contact is indicative of a better average". However, he was electric to start and much of the trouble he got into was the result of weak contact.
The lefty finished off the sixth with 100 pitches and came back out for the top of the seventh sending the Tigers down in order.
The offense got production from everywhere, but it was Moreland who stood out the most once again. Whenever the team needs a big hit, Moreland's been there to take care of business.
Drew Pomeranz will be on the mound for tomorrow night's ESPN game.