A long night in Boston ended too early for the Detroit Tigers after rain delayed and eventually ended the game after five and two-thirds innings, giving the Red Sox a 4-1 win.
Justin Verlander (11-7) lost his second straight start for the Tigers and also officially snapped a 63-game streak of pitching at least six innings in a start. A pair of walks, an infield single and an error in the fourth inning were key to a four-run rally that put the Red Sox up for good.
The game was stopped with two outs in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and second baseman Omar Infante set to face Boston reliever Franklin Morales.
Boston starter Josh Becket left the game in the third inning with a back injury, so Clayton Mortensen (1-0) earned his first win of the season in relief, while Morales picked up his first save.
The loss combined with a win by the Chicago White Sox, pushed the Tigers 2.5 games behind the ChiSox in the Al Central Division. The two teams wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.
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