Game over: Red Sox 5, Tigers 4
They ain’t dead yet, people. McDonald had an infield single. Jed Lowrie then knocked a pinch-hit double off the wall. Detroit walked Youkilis to get to Ortiz with the lefty Phil Coke on the mound.
Papi slammed a three-run double to the gap in left. He then stood at second base pumping fist as the crowd changed “Papi, Papi!” Big, big win there.
Back with more later.
Middle of the 9th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 2
Okajima retired the Tigers in order. The Sox go into the bottom of the ninth trailing by two runs.
Top of the 9th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 2
Don’t call it a comeback yet. Martinez led off with a single. Hall followed with a pop-up to right field that fell in. Martinez, having nowhere to go, was thrown out at second. Hall then flied to left before Kalish struck out. Three outs left to play with.
Middle of the 8th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 2
Scott Atchison retired the side in order. Martinez, Beltre and Hall due up against Perry.
Top of the 8th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 2
Finally, some life in the moribund Sox. Beltre reached on an infield single and went to third when Hall drove a ball to left. Hall tried for second and was thrown out by 10 feet. Facing reliever Brad Thomas, Kalish (2 for 3) followed with an RBI single. McDonald then had an RBI double off Ryan Perry.
Drew walked with two outs before Youkilis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ortiz had a chance to do some damage and struck out swinging at a changeup that was low and away.
Middle of he 7th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 0
Jackson doubled off Matsuzaka, who was then replaced by Richardson. He and Scott Atchison ended the inning without further damage.
Top of the 7th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 0
Drew singled with one out and went to third when Youkilis doubled. But Ortiz struck out and Martinez flied to right. Sox just can’t get a hit with RISP.
Middle of the 6th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 0
Matsuzaka set down the Tigers in order thanks in part to a nice running catch by Kalish on Santiago.
Top of the 6th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 0
Hall reached on an infield single before Kalish hit the ball hard to first, which led to his being out and Hall getting caught in a rundown. McDonald then struck out.
Middle of the 5th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 0
Matsuzaka allowed a single by Cabrera with one out but got Peralta and Kelly on pop ups to end the inning
Top of the 5th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 0
Ortiz beat the shift with a single. But Martinez flied to left and Beltre grounded into his second double play of the day.
Middle of the 4th: Tigers 4, Red Sox 0
On a day when the Red Sox tried some addition by subtraction, Daisuke Matsuzaka remained on the roster and is getting rocked again. Doubles by Frazier and Santiago have made it 4-0. The last three hitters in the Detroit order are 4 for 6 with four runs scored.
Top of the 4th: Tigers 3, Red Sox 0
McDonald grounded out with Kalish taking second. Scutaro then singled, moving Kalish to third. But Drew lined softly to the shortstop before Youkilis flied to center.
Red Sox now 6 for 38 with runners in scoring position the last four games.
Bottom of the 3rd: Kalish gets his first hit
Congrats to Ryan Kalish, who drove a 1-2 fastball into right field for his a hit in his first big-league at-bat. Nice ovation from the crowd as the ball was rolled in and like an old pro, Ryan just stood on first base.
Those of us who covered spring training got to know Ryan and he’s a solid young man. It’ll be fun to see how he does.
Middle of the 3rd: Tigers 3, Red Sox 0
Dice-K walked Peralta but was otherwise unscathed.
Top of the 3rd: Tigers 3, Red Sox 0
Martinez singled but Beltre grounded into a double play before Hall grounded out. Scherzer is much better than he was when the Sox saw him in May and touched him for six runs in five innings. His fastball has a lot of late life and his command has improved significantly.
Middle of the 2nd: Tigers 3, Red Sox 0
Frazier singled with one out for his first major-league hit. Laird followed with a hard-hit ball to third that Beltre let roll up his arm for an error. Santiago followed with a flare to center that drove in a run.
Top of the 2nd: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Drew waked but was stranded as Youkilis popped up and Ortiz lined to left.
Middle of the 1st: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Matsuzaka walked Will “Busta” Rhymes then Cabrera homered to left. That’s No. 26 on the year for him to go along with 91 RBIs.
Meanwhile, in case you missed all the pre-game ruckus, the Red Sox designated Jeremy Hermida for assignment and traded RHP Ramon Ramirez to the Giants. OF Ryan Kalish and LHP Dustin Richardson were called up.
Top of the 1st: Tigers 0, Red Sox 0
Good afternoon from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox are facing the Tigers. It’ll be Daisuke Matsuzka against the rapidly improving Max Scherzer.
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