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Javier Baez’s homer isn’t enough as Tigers get swept by Red Sox

MLive Ann Arbor logo MLive Ann Arbor 3 days ago Evan Woodbery, mlive.com

Tarik Skubal didn’t make it out of the fifth inning and Javier Baez provided the only offense for the Detroit Tigers in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The Tigers (26-43) were swept by the Red Sox (39-31) and have lost nine of their last 11 games.

Baez hit a two-run homer for the Tigers in the first to give them an early lead. Entering the game, the Tigers were 17-9 when scoring first and 17-9 when hitting a home run. (They were 11-2 when scoring first and hitting a home run).

But that didn’t come to fruition in the series finale in Boston. The Red Sox scored four off Skubal in the third inning on a two-run double by Jarren Duran and a two-run homer by Rob Refsnyder.

The last batter Skubal faced in the fifth — Alex Verdugo — hit a two-run single to make it 6-2.

After starting the season with dominant numbers, Skubal has a 9.88 ERA in his last three starts. He’s been the victim of some bad luck and has also faced some potent offenses (Toronto, Texas and Boston) during that span.

If you’re looking for a bright spot for the Tigers’ 0-3 week in Boston, it’s Baez, who now has a seven-game hitting streak. He’s 11-for-26 with three doubles, a triple, three homers and only two strikeouts during that span.

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The Tigers are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday at 9:40 p.m. Tigers right-hander Rony Garcia (1-2, 4.97 ERA) will face Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly (6-4, 3.46).

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