Red Sox get over .500 mark for first time, beat Tigers, 6-3

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Red Sox get over .500 mark for first time, beat Tigers, 6-3

It took the Red Sox 49 games, but finally, they're over .500 for the first time this season. Strangely enough, they did it by beating Justin Verlander.

In their six previous tries to get over the break-even mark, the Sox had lost every time -- until Tuesday night.

The Sox pounded out 10 hits and scored five runs off the reigning American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner for a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers, giving them a winning record of 25-24.

David Ortiz drove in two runs with two doubles and a home run, while Daniel Nava had a bases-clearing double to lead the Sox to the win.

Daniel Bard allowed two runs -- both on solo homers over 5 13 innings. He evened his record at 5-5 with his second straight win and third in his last four starts.

Bobby Valentine nearly emptied his bullpen, using five relievers to get the final 11 outs, with Alfredo Aceves, who had given up homers in each of his last two outings, notching his 12th save.

STAR OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz smacked two doubles and a homer and drove in two runs and scored twice.

Ortiz doubled to lead off the second and scored on a fielder's choice. In the fifth, with Adrian Gonzalez on first, he doubled him home before being thrown out attempting a triple. Finally, he hit an opposite-field line drive into the Monster Seats in the seventh for his 11th homer of the year.
HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel Nava
With the bases loaded in the fourth, Nava worked a full count off Justin Verlander with the bases loaded. He then sliced a double into the left field corner, and with all three runners going on the 3-and-2 pitch, the bases emptied and the Sox led 4-0.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Justin Verlander
The Detroit ace extended his streak of starts with at least six innings to 53 straight, but this was not his best outing. He allowed 10 hits -- a season high -- and five runs and didn't come out for the seventh inning.

TURNING POINT: Nava's double in the fourth opened up the game for Daniel Bard and gave him some breathing room against Verlander.

BY THE NUMBERS: This is the latest it's taken a Red Sox team to get over .500 since 1996, when the Sox didn't have a winning record until their 131st game.

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

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Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 

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Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.