Bottom 9th: Red Sox 7, Tigers 2
Game over. Hideki Okajima retired the Tigers in the 9th as the Sox beat the Tigers. There were 31,732 on hand for tonight’s game. The Red Sox (19-17) hit four homers, two by David Ortiz in the victory. Clay Buchholz went 6-1/3 innings to improve his record to 4-3.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Tigers 2
Bill Hall stroked a pinch-hit homer (fifth of his career), his second of the season, to left field. Hall was pinch-hitting for Jeremy Hermida with lefty Fu-Te Ni on the hill. That’s 4 homers for the Sox.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 2
Look at the bright side Bruins fans, you get to focus on the rising Red Sox now. Bard allowed a run on Brandon Inge’s sac fly. Bard got a little wild when he threw a wild pitch and also misfired on a throw to first for an error after allowing a leadoff single to Magglio Ordonez. The Tigers ran themselves out of the inning with Boesch retired at third on a 2-5 putout.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 1
The Cafardo Jinx. Said too many nice things about Buchholz. He walked two in the seventh, one of them Gerald Laird. My rule is, if you walk Laird you deserve to come out of the game. Buchholz threw 111 pitches in his 6-1/3 innings. Daniel Bard is on. Update: Bard hit Ramon Santiago in the left elbow to load the bases, then K’d Austin Jackson and got Johnny Damon to ground out for the fourth time.
Top 7th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 1
Nice night for Buchholz so far. Six innings, three hits, one run. After too much nibbling early he’s attacking hitters. I’m sure John Farrell gave him a kick in the pants between innings. One interesting note: the Tigers had only allowed one home run in their previous eight games prior to the three-homer barrage by the Sox. The Tigers had allowed only 21 homers, lowest in the AL.
Top 6th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 1
Max Scherzer is gone. He lasted five innings, allowed six hits (three homers), six runs, walked two and struck out one. Lefty Brad Thomas is in.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 1
Austin Jackson ran a long way to the wall in center where he leaped to catch Kevin Youkilis’ drive. What a good looking player.
Top 4th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 1
Ortiz does it again. A long, towering shot to right field, 394 feet on a 3-2 pitch. This looks like the Papi of old. Thirty-sixth multi-homer game of his career.
Bottom 3rd:Red Sox 5, Tigers 1
Too much nibbling by Buchholz with a four-run lead, but after surrendering a one-out single to Magglio Ordonez on a 3-2 pitch, he got Miguel Cabrera to knock into a 4-6-3 double-play to end the inning. Buchholz has issued three walks through three innings. Scherzer has settled down after a rough first inning. Entering tonight’s game Scherzer had been 0-2 with a 14.54 ERA over his previous three starts.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 5, Tigers 1
Clay Buchholz, staked to a five-run lead, walked two batters and it came back to cost him. The Tigers scored when rookie Brennan Boesch singled in Austin Jackson with the first Tiger run. Buchholz was able to retire Brandon Inge for the final out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 5, Tigers 0
The Sox have struck for two homers including a massive three-run homer by David Ortiz, that traveled 450 feet into a walkway in rightcenter that few players have reached since the opeing of Comerica Park. Dustin Pedroia’s 2-run homer, a 385-foot shot to left had given the Sox a 2-0 lead. Pedroia hit a 3-2 fastball by Max Scherzer, who allowed a leadoff single to Marco Scutaro. After the Pedroia homer, Kevin Youkilis walked with one out, J.D. Drew singled to left sending Youkilis to third. Ortiz ran the count to 3-0 and he got the green light and fouled off a pitch before delivering the big homer.