Top 9th: Tigers 5, Red Sox 1
Game Over. Sox managed a walk by Jason Varitek and a sinlge by Darnell McDonald, but Jose Valverde closed out the Sox, who lost the series two games out of three before 35,454 at Comerica Park. John Lackey (4-2), who threw 123 pitches over 7 innings took the loss. The Sox managed only seven hits. Big Papi went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. MIke Lowell was 0-for-4 and knocked into a double-play.
Bottom 8th:Tigers 5, Red Sox 1
Scott Schoeneweis relieved John Lackey in the eighth and pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning for a change. Lackey went seven, allowed 9 hits, 5 runs, 4 walks and struck out 4. Time is running out on the Sox. The one consolation, Yankees are trailing after Mariano Rivera surrendered a grand slam. Here comes Jose Valverde for the 9th.
Top 7th: Tigers 5, Red Sox 1
J.D. Drew struck out with the bases loaded off lefty specialist Fu-Te Ni to end the 7th. The Sox had loaded the bases with two outs when pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald singled, Marco Scutaro singled and Jermey Hermida walked. The Sox are just not clicking and has close to dropping back to .500.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 5, Red Sox 1
Armando Galarraga, who was demoted to Triple-A in spring training, did well in his comeback to the bigs. He went 5-2/3 innings, allowed three hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Relieved in the sixth by Jeremy Bonderman. Sox can’t get much going. Meanwhile, Damon has been on base four times with two walks and a pair of hits. He has one steal and was just caught stealing by Varitek to end the sixth.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 5, Red Sox 1
Not a good day for Lackey. Ramon Santiago, the fellow who took four straight balls from Ramon Ramirez for a walk-off 12th-inning walk homered to right field with Damon aboard. Lackey had retired the first two batters before Damon singled and stole second. Santiago then put a nice swing on a ball that he sent 390 feet. Ordonez followed with a single, but Lackey managed to strike out Cabrera.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 3, Red Sox 1
The ying and yang of defense. One very bad play by Kevin Youkilis and one very good play by Marco Scutaro. Yet the net result: one run for the Tigers. After Ordonez led off with a single, Boesch hit a double-play ball down to Youkilis that he completely whiffed on. It was ruled a basehit. Scutaro then made a terrific play on a hard-hit ball by Inge, and threw to second on his backside for the force. Bill Hall, subbing at second base for Dustin Pedroia, who is getting a day off, quickly turned the throw to first, but not in time to get Inge as the run scored.
Top 3rd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 1
A pair of doubles by Jonathan Van Every and Jermey Hermida produce a run.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Last thing the Red Sox need today is a walk-a-thon by Lackey, who has walked four batters in two innings and with very little bullpen help available after a 7-6, 12-inning loss to the Tigers Saturday night. Lackey allowed a pair of runs -one when rookie second baseman Danny Worth beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded providing Worth with his first major league hit. The nubber was fielded by Kevin Youkilis who fed to Lackey, but Worth legged it out. Lackey then walked Johnny Damon on a 3-2 count to force in the second run. Lackey jawed with homeplate umpire Barksdale, but Francona intervened and gave the ump a piece of his mind as well.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
Mike Lowell, playing third base, grounded out to third in his first at-bat. Spoke to Lowell a bit before the game and he’s resigned to the fact that he’s not going to get a lot of playing time. “It’s something I can’t control,” Lowell said. “What am I supposed to do root for David (Ortiz) not to do well?” Lowell did not DH against the lefty Dontrelle Wilis Saturday night with Francona wanting to give Ortiz a chance to continue his hot spell. Asked whether he’d talked recently with the organization about his situation he said, “No.” Asked whether he’d want a trade, he said, “I just want to play.”
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
Johnny Damon, who started out with a leadoff walk against John Lackey, was doubled off first base to end the inning when Magglio Ordonez lined out to shortstop Marco Scutaro, who threw to first where Damon was off the bag.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
David Ortiz ended the inning arguing a called third strike by homeplate umpire Lance Barksdale. Ortiz stranded two Sox baserunners – Marco Scutaro and J.D. Drew – both of whom had drawn, what else, walks from Tiger starter Armando Galarraga.