BOSTON (UKTN) — Jarren Duran and Josh Winckowski are living in temporary metal lockers in the middle of the Fenway Park clubhouse, a sign that the two Triple-A recalls may not be in Boston long.
But right now, it’s hard to imagine the Red Sox winning without them.
Duran had two hits, two stolen bases and two runs, and Winckowski had the longest start of his short career Monday night to help Boston beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2. In three major league appearances, Winckowski pitched three innings, five innings and the seventh.
“Last outing, I came here on game day,” said the 23-year-old right-hander, who earned himself another round in the rotation. “Being able to be here the last five days has been huge.”
Franchy Cordero had three hits, including a two-run single, and Boston won for the sixth time in eight games to reach a season-high six games over .500. Duran doubled up and scored on Rafael Devers’ brace to break a third-inning tie.
“He’s been like that all year,” said Winckowski, who was also with Duran at Triple-A Worcester. “All the Triple-A guys look at him and they’re like, ‘How do you keep this guy here. “”
Duran could return to the minors when Christian Arroyo and Kiké Hernández return from the injured list.
“Kiké is a stallion. Arroyo is a stallion,” Duran said. “They deserve to be here.”
Winckowski (2-1) allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk, striking out two in 6 2/3 innings. Tanner Houck threw the ninth for his fifth save.
Alex Faedo (1-4) lasted just 4 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who had won two in a row after losing six in a row. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed five runs – four earned – on eight hits and two walks, while striking out two.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first when Duran walked the first, stole the second and scored on JD Martinez’s single. After the Tigers tied the game early in the second, Duran and Devers hit back-to-back doubles to make it 2-1.
Boston added one in the fourth before Alex Verdugo hit a one-out single in the fifth and Trevor Story doubled it in the third to chase Faedo. Cordero doubled Tyler Alexander’s first pitch to center to make it 5-1.
TO COME DOWN
With the new 13-pitch limit, the Red Sox called up inside prospect Jeter Downs from Triple-A Worcester and designated right-hander James Norwood for assignment. The Red Sox acquired Norwood for cash from the Phillies on Saturday, but he did not appear in a game.
Downs, who did not play, was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the trade with Mookie Betts. He was hitting .180 in Triple-A.
Former Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez was present at the game to receive the team’s Hall of Fame plaque. His teammate David Ortiz introduced him to Ramirez on the pitch before the game. Ramirez also attended the telecast, while Ortiz sat next to the Red Sox dugout and did his best to distract manager Alex Cora.
“At some point we have to seat David somewhere else,” said Cora, who gave Ortiz bags of sunflower seeds to slow down the chatter. “It’s non-stop. It’s not Fort Myers, bruh.
Ramirez played for the team from 2001 to 2008 and was the World Series MVP in 2004, when the Red Sox won their first championship in 86 years. He was out of town when the Red Sox inducted him into the Franchise Hall of Fame, along with Ortiz, in May.
“He’s the only guy who misses his Hall of Fame induction and comes to throw a first pitch on a Monday,” Cora said.
But while Ortiz was entered into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame on the first ballot, Ramirez never got more than 28.9% of the vote, likely due to two performance-enhancing drug suspensions.
Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale made a rehab debut against the Rays in the instructional league in Port Charlotte, Fla. He went one inning, allowing a run on a hit, a walk and a wild pitch.
The retiree was Rays star Wander Franco, who is also in rehab. Sale, who broke a rib while practicing during the lockout, hasn’t faced a batter in the majors since October.
LHP Rich Hill (2-4) will start for Boston against Detroit RHP Beau Brieske (1-5) in the middle of a three-game series.
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