Devers singles through shift, lifts Red Sox over Tigers 5-3

Detroit — Rafael Devers singled through the open shortstop area with the infield shifted to the right side, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Boston Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3.

Garrett Whitlock (1-0) pitched four hitless innings to win in his first appearance since the Red Sox announced his $18.75 million, four-year contract on Sunday.

Hirokazu Sawamura also got two outs in hitless relief of starter Rich Hill, who allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. Boston, which has not been above .500, improved to 2-3.