The Tigers didn’t get off to a hot start, as Smyly allowed a run in the first, but they tied the game in the third on a Nick Castellanos double and an Andrew Romine single and didn’t look back. They scored again in the fourth on a Victor Martinez sacrifice fly, and then Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to pad their lead.
Jonny Gomes scored Dustin Pedroia on a sacrifice fly in the sixth, but Victor Martinez added a solo homer in the eighth and after a Bryan Holaday triple—the first of his career—Austin Jackson scored him with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers took the 6-2 lead into the ninth, where Joe Nathan preserved the victory and helped the Tigers end their five-game losing streak.
Smyly was the story of the game as he looked strong after two poor outings. The slider was back to being a weapon, generating 16 swings and 16 SNiP (strikes not in play). Smyly would have pitched deeper but a 12-pitch Jonny Gomes at bat shortened his night.
Ian Krol picked up where Smyly left off, striking out two in his one inning of work, and was followed by Joba Chamberlain. Chamberlain worked a 1-2-3 inning and was followed up by Nathan, who had a relatively easy outing to close out the game.
Max Scherzer (6-2, 3.20 ERA) starts tomorrow for the Tigers, while Jon Lester (6-6, 3.15 ERA) goes for the Red Sox. Game time is at 7:15PM.
ETA: Avila has a mild concussion and won’t be available to play tomorrow.