DETROIT -- This was originally supposed to be a matchup between two undefeated aces -- Clay Buchholz (9-0) vs. Max Scherzer (10-0).
But with Buchholz still sidelined with a neck injury, the Sox went with rookie Allen Webster for the spot start and he was no match at all for Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers.
Handed a 2-0 lead before he took the mound, Webster surrendered a first-inning grand slam to Victor Martinez and was chased in the fifth inning as the Tigers outclassed the Red Sox, 10-3.
Webster was charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings and saw his record drop to 0-2. After a strong major league debut debut in April against Kansas City, Webster has been pounded for 13 runs on 14 hits in just six innings over two appearances.
Martinez later added a run-scoring double to give him five RBI for the night. Omar Infante added a two-run homer off reliever Franklin Morales in the seventh. Morales, too, was ineffective, knocked around for four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Scherzer, meanwhile, improved to 11-0. After giving up a solo homer to David Ortiz in the first, he allowed just three more baserunners over his final six innings.
Jose Iglesias was one of three Red Sox players with two-hit games, boosting his average to .438 for the season.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Max Scherzer
Scherzer upped his record to 11-0, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit to settle down and blank the Red Sox over his final six innings of work. Scherzer fanned six and didn't walk a single batter.
HONORABLE MENTION: Victor Martinez
The former Red Sox DH/catcher made his ex-teammates pay with a big night. Martinez reached base in each one of his five plate appearances (two walks, grand slam, double) and knocked in half of Detroit's 10 runs.
GOAT OF THE GAME: Allen Webster
Webster's start was a slight improvement over his last one, but that's not saying much. He gave back a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and couldn't get through the fifth inning as his major league record dipped to 0-2.
TURNING POINT: The pitch to Martinez effectively put the game away for the Tigers, since the Red Sox never threatened Scherzer after the first inning.
BY THE NUMBERS: David Ortiz hit his 18th career homer at Comerica in the first inning, the most for any opposing player in the park's history.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "The four runs given back in the first inning kind of set the tone for the evening.'' John Farrell on Webster.