Bottom 12th: Tigers 7, Red Sox 6
Game over. Ramon Ramirez walked Ramon Santiago with the bases loaded on four pitches scoring Magglio Ordonez to end this in 4:35 before 40,742. With one out and one on, Terry Francona brought in Scott Schoeneweis to face Brennan Boesch. The rookie laced his fourth hit, his third against lefthanded pitching on the night to put runners at the corners. Francona brought Ramirez on to face Brandon Inge. He walked Inge. He struck out pinch-hitter Alex Avila and brought up Santiago who just kept the bat on his shoulder for four pitches.
Bottom 11th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 6
Trouble for Manny Delcarmen, but he got out of it. Delcarmen walked Ramon Santiago who was sacrificed to second base by Adam Everett . But Delcarmen wiggled out of it. He got Austin Jackson to ground out (five ground ball outs hit into by Jackson) and got Damon looking on a called third strike on a 3-2 pitch.
Top 11th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 6
Sox had a chance. Two on, nobody out. Johnny Damon let a David Ortiz pop up to short left fall in front of him. Beltre then battled Zumaya hard but succumbed to a 101 mph fastball for a strikeout swinging. Drew then knocked into a double-play ending the inning. Manny Delcarmen is on for Boston.
Bottom 10th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 6
Jonathan Papelbon has completed 2-1/3 innings, the longest he’s pitched in a game since June 24, 2006 when he went 2-1/3 innings against the Phillies at Fenway. His career high for relief is three innings. Papelbon had to work out of potential jam when Boesch, who is a pretty good hitter, doubled with one out, but Pap struck out Inge and Laird lined out to left field.
Top 10th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 6
We’re into extra innings. The Tigers went down in order in the ninth with Johnny Damon pinch-hitting for Casper Wells and popping out in foul territory to Adrian Beltre. Damon is now 0-for-14 career against Papelbon. Update: Mike Lowell pinch-hit for Darnell McDonald and laced a single to left off Joel Zumaya, who was throwing 101 mph. Lowell was pinch-run for by Van Every and he advanced to second on Marco Scutaro’s sac bunt. But neither Pedroia or Martinez could get the run in.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 6
The Sox have squandered a 6-1 lead. All tied up. Magglio Ordonez’ solo shot off Okajima led to a walk to Miguel Cabrera, a single by Broesch, and an RBI double by Inge. Daniel Bard isn’t available tonight. But where’s Manny Delcarmen or an extended Jonathan Papelbon? Don’t know yet, but we’ll ask. Papelbon did come on to retire Adam Everett for the final out.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 4
Jon Lester went seven and struck out 10. The Tigers had walked 10 through seven innings. Nice outing for Lester, 117 pitches. Had the burp in the 6th, but otherwise had another excellent outing. Sox tried to get some insurance but Ortiz struck out swinging in the eighth with two men aboard. Hideki Okajima on in the 8th.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 4
Jon Lester hit a bump in the road and his name is rookie Brennan Boesch. After striking out the free-swinging outfielder twice, Lester hung a slider that Boesch banged into the rightfield gap scoring Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera who had both singled with one out. Boesch, credited with a triple, came on to score on Brandon Inge’s sac fly to tighten things even more.
Top 5th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 1
Bill Hall hit a two-run bomb against Bonine. Sox are rolling. We just heard that Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia will pitch against the Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday. Update: Mike Cameron went six innings in CF for Pawtucket. He went 0-for-2, with a walk.
Top 4th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 1
Big Papi strikes again. A two-out bases loaded single to left off Tiger reliever Eddie Bonine got one run in while Dustin Pedroia was gunned down by rookie leftfielder Casper Wells. The inning marked the end of Dontrelle Willis, relieved after 3-1/3 innings and seven walks. Third base coach Tim Bogar has had a few folks thrown out this year, but he was justified in sending Pedroia with a rookie leftfielder.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 3, Tigers 1
Adam Everett doubled passed a diving Bill Hall in leftcenter to deliver Scott SIzemore with the Tigers’ first run off Jon Lester. Sizemore reached with a walk.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 3, Tigers 0
Walks will kill you. They finally caught up to Willis. He walked Pedroia and Youkilis and Ortiz delivered with a two-out single to right field. After he walked Beltre, Drew delivered with a two-run double. Willis has walked six through three innings.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
Sure looks like the Sox are on the verge of getting to Dontrelle Willis, but can’t seem to get the big hit at the right time. Adrian Beltre is now 8-for-10 against Willis after a leadoff single. After Drew walked, Willis retired Bill Hall on a pop foul to the catcher and Darnell McDonald knocked into a 4-3 double-play.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
David Ortiz got his start against a lefty. But after going 3-2 against Dontrelle Willis, the quirky lefty struck him out on a 3-2 92 mph fastball on the outside part of the plate. Ortiz, who had never faced Willis, stranded two baserunners – Marco Scutaro and Kevin Youkilis, who had been issued walks. Willis last faced Boston last June 4th when he walked five in 2-1/3 innings. Willis has held lefties to a .220 average this season and .205 for his career.