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Final: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  May 19, 2011 06:57 PM

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Carl Crawford's single to center scored pinch runner Darnell McDonald with the winning run in yet another dramatic walkoff victory for the Red Sox over the Tigers. The Sox loaded the bases with a Kevin Youkilis walk, a single to right by David Ortiz, and an intentional walk to J.D. Drew. After Jed Lowrie's blooper between third and left dropped in, pinch runner Jose Iglesias was forced at home. McDonald came on to pinch run for Ortiz at third setting the stage for Crawford's dramatic hit. It was the fourth walkoff victory for the Sox this year.

Top 9th: Red Sox 3, Tigers 3

Doesn't get any more exciting than this. Miguel Cabrera up with the bases loaded vs. Jonathan Papelbon. Count runs to 2-2 and Papelbon strikes him out. The closer allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases.

Top 8th: Red Sox 3, Tigers 3

Back-to-back homers by Boesch and Cabrera off Daniel Bard have tied the score at 3-3. Beckett left after six innings because of neck stiffness.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 3, Tigers 1

David Ortiz blasts a hanging changeup by Verlander over the Sox bullpen into the bleachers. It was Ortiz's eighth of the season.

Top 7th: Red Sox 2, Tigers 1

Beckett lasted six innings and has been relieved by Matt Albers. He allowed five hits and one run, walked two and struck out three. Beckett threw 83 pitches. Interesting that he's been pulled this quickly. Couple strikeouts for Albers who also allowed a single to right by Inge.

Top 6th: Red Sox 2, Tigers 1

Beckett walked VMart but struck out Dirks and Peralta. Another impressive night for Beckett so far. John Henry visited in the press box for a few minutes.

Top 5th: Red Sox 2, Tigers 1

Beckett pitched out of trouble after allowing a wall single to Alex Avila and a one-out single to Austin Jackson, Beckett was able to retire Sizemore and Boesch.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 2, Tigers 1

J.D. Drew homered to rightfield on a 1-0 pitch from Verlander, his third. After a couple of strong innings for Beckett and Verlander. Verlander struck out the side in the third inning after spotting Jason Varitek a single and Beckett Has retired the sides in the third and fourth.

Bottom 2nd: Tigers 1, Red Sox 1

Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz reached on singles and J.D. Drew drove in Youkilis on a sacrifice fly to left field. Lowrie struck out and Crawford grounded out.

Top 2nd: Tigers 1, Red Sox 0

The Tigers had four baserunners but scored only once against Beckett. He started the inning with a 3-2 walk to Miguel Cabrera and then allowed a single to right by Victor Martinez and an RBI single to left by Andy Dirks. Alex Avila also singled, but Brandon Inge's fly ball to left couldn't get the second run in. Beckett then got out of it by getting Austin Jackson to pop out in foul territory to Adrian Gonzalez.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

The Sox went down 1-2-3 in a rocking chair inning for Verlander.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

A rare error by Dustin Pedroia muffing Scott Sizemore's grounder. But Pedroia then started a 4-6-3 double-play on Brennan Boesch's ground ball. Josh Beckett opend the game by striking out Austin Jackson. Now we get to watch Justin Verlander.

Pre-game: Looks like this game is going to start on time. Tarp is off. National anthem has been sung by John McDermott. Former Gov. Paul Cellucci is being recognized. Cellucci is raising money for the UMass ALS Champion Fund. Cellucci has been diagnosed with ALS.

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