DETROIT (AP) — David Ortiz homered after being honored by the Tigers as the Boston Red Sox beat Detroit 3-2 on a rainy Saturday night.
Ortiz was given a pregame tribute, then hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
James McCann and J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers, who have lost 10 of 13.
The start of the game was delayed 80 minutes by storms that moved into the area during the afternoon, and another heavy downpour interrupted the game for about 71 minutes after the fifth inning.
Drew Pomeranz (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in five innings. He struck out three, but did not walk a batter. Craig Kimbrel got the last four outs for his 22nd save.
Justin Upton doubled off the top of the wall in center field with two out in the ninth, but Casey McGehee struck out to end the game at 12:17 am.
Daniel Norris (1-2) took the loss, giving up three runs and eight hits in his five innings. He walked two and struck out four while escaping multiple jams.
Boston took the lead in the third, but could have had a much bigger inning. Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Ortiz started it with singles to load the bases, but Mookie Betts hit into a double play.
Pedroia scored and Norris walked Hanley Ramirez before retiring Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the inning.
McCann then tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
Ortiz, though, broke the tie in the fifth with his second homer in two nights. The two-run shot gave him 1,500 RBIs with the Red Sox.
The Tigers put their first two runners on in the bottom of the fifth, but McCann hit into a double play and Andrew Romine grounded out. Moments later, the second storm hit, resulting in a 71-minute delay.
Martinez pulled the Tigers to 3-2 with a long homer to left in the seventh. Matt Barnes walked two batters in the eighth, but Erick Aybar popped out on the first pitch he saw for the second out.
That brought Kimbrel in to face Miguel Cabrera for the first time in their careers. Cabrera lined out to left field on an 0-1 pitch.
Red Sox: OF Chris Young (hamstring) has played in six rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket, and is hitting .211 (4-for-19) with two doubles. He has also played three games in left field.
Tigers: OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) took batting practice with the team in the indoor cages under the stands. The Tigers hope to have him back in about a week.
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Tigers general manager Al Avila, DH Victor Martinez and 1B Miguel Cabrera (in Spanish) all thanked Ortiz for his career in the pregame ceremony, and then presented him with a large framed photo of him playing in the 2005 All-Star Game at Comerica Park.
During his speech, Avila joked about Detroit also always remembering the damage Ortiz has done — a reference to his series-changing grand slam in the 2013 ALCS — while Cabrera pleaded with him to play one more season.
The teams finish the four-game series Sunday afternoon with Detroit ace Justin Verlander (12-7, 3.44) facing Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11). The Red Sox are one of the few teams with a positive record against Verlander, who is 4-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 14 starts against them.
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