By Dave Hart
Tigers 4, Red Sox 2 – Justin Verlander picked up his 10th win of the season as the Tigers opened their three-game road series against the Boston Red Sox with a victory on Monday night.
Tigers’ closer Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 28th save of the season, recording the final four outs for Detroit.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second inning before Detroit responded with four unanswered runs.
Boston closed out the scoring with a run in the bottom of the eighth.
Jose Iglesias paced the Tigers with two hits, including a two-run homer while Victor Martinez and James McCann each had an RBI.
Nick Castellanos added a double for Detroit while Justin Upton chipped in with a triple.
The Red Sox were led in a losing effort by Jackie Bradley and Sandy Leon with two hits a piece while Travis Shaw had a double and an RBI.
The Tigers now 52-48 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. They are four games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the final playoff spot.
Tied for 2nd Place in AL Central Division (5.5 games behind first-place Cleveland)
4 games behind Toronto for last Wild Card spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 67
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 70
Next Game: 07/26/2016 @ Boston Red Sox 7:10 p.m. @ Fenway Park
Hitting stats: Jose Iglesias HR (4) 2 RBI (23), Victor Martinez RBI (57), James McCann RBI (24), Nick Castellanos 2B (22), Justin Upton 3B (2).
Pitching stats: Justin Verlander W (10-6) 6 IP 5 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 5 K, Francisco Rodriguez SV (28) 1.1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K.