The Sox just scored six runs in the top of the third.
Willis blew up, walking four batters and hitting one while getting only one out in the inning. It was an embarrassing implosion. Made you feel bad for the guy.
He started the inning by hittiing Jacoby Ellsbury (who has been an on-base machine while hitting in the lower third of the order here in Detroit).
Willis then walked Julio Lugo, prompting a visit from his pitching coach.
George Kottaras took a called third strike, then Pedroia walked on four pitches, loading the bases. J. D. Drew walked to force home the first run, then Kevin Youkilis walked for another run. That was it. Jim Leyland came out to get Willis.
Willis gave up zero hits and five earned runs in 2.1 innings. What a stat line.
Righty Zach Minor is now pitching for Detroit.
Leyland was tossed for arguing with home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson.
After Willis and Leyland departed, Jason Bay ripped a two-run double to left off Minor to give the Sox a 4-3 lead. An RBI ground-out by Mike Lowell made it 5-3. Rocco Baldelli singled home another run and it was 6-3.
The Tigers are without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who pulled his left hamstring running the bases in the second inning.
Folks here are now looking forward to the hockey game tonight.