Game over: Tigers 7, Red Sox 5: The Red Sox dropped three out of four with the loss today after a bad call by umpires in the bottom of the 8th opened the floodgates for three Tiger runs.
The call was an error on Daniel Nava on a fly ball to right field by Avisail Garcia which he caught and then lost on the transfer. Umpires ruled he didn't have possession, which was wrong.
The Red Sox shot themselves in the foot in the seventh which helped in squandering their 4-3 lead when Andrew Miller hit Jhonny Peralta with a pitch with the bases loaded and an 0-2 count after the Red Sox messed up a double-play and settle for one out when Mike Napoli didn't know the rule.
Pedroia dropped Hunter's liner and Austin Jackson stayed on the base. The Red Sox got one out by Napoli stepping on first but he should have tagged out Hunter and then stepped on first and he would have had a double-play. The Red Sox scored one run in the ninth on Jonny Gomes' single to right. The game was played in 3:47 before a sellout of 41,507.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 7, Red Sox 4 - Umpires blew a call here. Avisail Garcia's fly ball to right was clearly caught by Daniel Nava and dropped on the transfer, but ruled an error and Garcia was on second. Miller fielded a bunt by Holoday and threw wide of first, pulling Dustin Pedroia off the bag. After Hunter Jackson walked, Hunter's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run.
Cabrera was then walked intentionally with runners at first and third to load the bases. The Red Sox brought Craig Breslow in, but Prince Fielder went right back iup the middle to drive in two more runs. Farrell was ejected for the first time this season arguing the Nava call.
Top 8th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 4 - An Ellsbury single and stolen base (32nd) with two outs wasn't enough.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 4 - Tigers had their best chance to catchup and break it open. They settled for catching up. Bases loaded, one out. Andrew Miller allowed a leadoff single to Miguel Cabrera after Andrew Bailey allowed singles to two of the three batters he faced. Victor Martinez struck out and then 0-2 on Jhonny Peralta, throwing 98 mph, he hit Peralta with a pitch to force in the tying run.
Big play of the inning came on a liner by Hunter that Pedroia dropped. Jackson stayed on the base and the Sox got one out. First baseman Mike Napoli should have tagged the runner and then stepped on the bag and that would have been a double-play.
Top 7th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 - Pedroia and Ortiz with back-to-back singles, but the next three Red Sox batters make outs off Smyly.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 - Peralta with a leadoff walk, but nothing else off Junichi Tazawa.
Top 6th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 - Drew Smyly replaced Verlander who allowed seven hits and four runs in five innings. Smyly got Boston in order.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 - The Tigers go down in order in what is Felix Doubront's last inning. He's at 106 pitches. Doubront allowed four hits, three runs, two earned, four walks, and two strikeouts.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 - Ortiz and Drew single, but Lavarnway can't get it done. Verlander probably done for the day.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 - A couple of walks and an error (Stephen Drew) and bases loaded, but the Tigers can't get a run across.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 - A Ryan Lavarnway walk and Ellsbury double to right allowed Shane Victorino's grounder to short to get the lead run in. Verlander doesn't look like an imposter. A shadow of himself.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 3, Red Sox 3 - Best inning for Doubront, who retires the side efficiently
Top 3rd: Tigers 3, Red Sox 3 - Sox even it up. The Tigers are a good team but two major flaws - bad back end of bullpen and poor infield defense. It appeared as if Mike Napoli had knocked into an inning-ending double-play, but Infante threw the relay into the stands to score the tying run.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 3, Red Sox 2 - Austin Jackson doubled Bryan Holoday to third and then Holoday scored on Ryan Lavarnway's passed ball.
Top 2nd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 2 - Justin Verlander coughed up his two-run lead. Napoli singled, Drew walked and Ryan Lavarnway singled up the middle for the first Sox run. After Jose Iglesisas was hit with a pitch, Ellsbury hit a fly ball to center which got Drew home for the second run.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0 - Oh boy, after the gem he pitched his last time out (three-hitter over Tampa Bay in eight innings), Felix Doubront sure struggled out of the gate. He walked the first two men he faced - Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter - and watched Miguel Cabrera hit a scorching ground-rule double to center over Jacoby Ellsbury's head that one-hopped the fence.
After Prince Fielder's grounder to first scored the second run. It took two nice plays - by Iglesias at third and Ellsbury in center to get Doubront out of further hot water.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0 - Tough task ahead for the Red Sox facing Justin Verlander who was roughed up for seven hits and five runs over by the Orioles in a 5-2 loss in his last time out. Verlander is a mortal 8-5, with a 3.72 ERA this season. He walked Dustin Pedroia with two outs.