End of the 9th: Tigers 3, Red Sox 4
A great bunt from Scutaro wins it for the Sox. Scutaro puts a perfect bunt down to the third-base side, and Weinhardt throws the ball away allowing McDonald to score.
Bottom of the 9th: Tigers 3, Red Sox 3
Patterson walks, and with nobody out in the 9th, the Sox are back at the top of the order. Robbie Weinhardt on to pitch for the Tigers, and Marco Scutaro will come up with runners on first and second.
Darnell McDonald came on to pinch run for Lowrie and is on second.
Bottom of the 9th: Tigers 3, Red Sox 3
Jed Lowrie hustles down the line on a ball hit down the third-base line and just beats the throw from Peralta. Gotta love the guys with the double-eared batting helmets. He doesn’t quite rock it like Mark Bellhorn, but it’s close.
Middle of the 9th: Tigers 3, Red Sox 3
Papelbon gets Jeff Frazier to hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning, but the air is already out of the building. After a near-flawless start from Buchholz, he’ll leave with a no decision. We’re headed to a bottom of the 9th that didn’t seem like it was going to happen.
Top of the 9th: Tigers 3, Red Sox 3
And we’re tied. Peralta singles to left and pinch runner Don Kelly comes in to score.
Top of the 9th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 3
Miguel Cabrera just came a few feet from tying this game. On the first pitch from Papelbon, Cabrera put a ball deep toward the 379 marker in left-center field. It initially looked like it would clear the fence, but it hit just a few feet from the top. Rhymes and Raburn both came in to score, and now the tying run is on second.
Top of the 9th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Jed Lowrie can’t handle a ball from Will Rhymes deep in the hole at second, and after a walk to Ryan Raburn, Buchholz’s day is over. He gets a huge ovation from the crowd as he makes his way back to the dugout. Papelbon will come on to face Miguel Cabrera with two on and nobody out.
End of the 8th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Ortiz hits a looping line drive over Ramon Santiago’s head at shortstop, but that’s all the Sox get in the 8th. Buchholz will be back on to pitch for Boston in the top of the 9th as he looks for his second complete game shutout of the season.
Middle of the 8th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Three more harmless ground balls from the Tigers. This has officially become a gem from Clay Buchholz. Detroit has two hits through eight innings.
End of the 7th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Two deep fly balls that looked promising off the bat turn into long outs as the Sox go down in order in the 7th. J.D. Drew sent a high fly ball into right that initially looked like it might make its way into the Tigers bullpen. But the ball was put right into the teeth of the 14 m.p.h. wind blowing here at Fenway and was caught by Boesch near the warning track.
Kevin Youkilis followed Drew’s at-bat by sending a ball into the gap in left-center field, but Austin Jackson tracked it down on the warning track to end the inning.
Middle of the 7th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Buchholz walks Cabrera to start the inning, but a fielder’s choice and two fly outs later, he’s out of the inning unscathed.
End of the 6th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Verlander tacks up two more strike outs as both Kalish and Eric Patterson look at strike three for the first and third outs, respectively, of a 1-2-3 6th for the Sox.
Jed Lowrie added a ground out to first base. Before the game, Terry Francona said he has always thought that Lowrie had a bit of a shorter swing from the right side of the plate, and the numbers back up the claim.
Coming into today’s game, Lowrie was a career .202 hitter from the left side compared to .312 as a righty.
Middle of the 6th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Another hitless inning for the Tigers. Clay Buchholz is rolling. Buchholz walked Will Rhymes with two outs, but came back to strike out Ryan Raburn to end the inning for his fifth K of the game. Buchholz has thrown 81 pitches through six innings, and the Tigers have had one runner in scoring position all afternoon.
End of the 5th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
The Sox go down in order to end the 5th.
David Ortiz struck out swinging to start the inning, his second of the game and seventh of this series. In the 17 games since the All-Star break, Ortiz has struck out 28 times. In the previous 74 games, the total was 74. There might be something to those worries about Home Run Derby.
Middle of the 5th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Jhonny Peralta manages the second hit of the day for the Tigers, a double down the left-field line, but it goes begging. Kevin Youkilis made a diving catch on a soft broken-bat line drive by Jeff Frazier, and Avila followed it up with a ground out to end the inning.
End of the 4th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
A quick inning for the Sox, who go down in order in the 4th. The good news for Boston is that Verlander has thrown 85 pitches through four innings.
Middle of the 4th: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
I think it’s safe to say that Clay Buchholz is feeling it. The Tigers go down in order again. Buchholz hasn’t allowed a hit since the 1st inning, and after striking out Ryan Raburn, Buchholz got Miguel Cabrera to line out to Beltre to end the inning.
End of the 3rd: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
Beltre moved to third on a wild pitch, but Eric Patterson went down swinging to end the inning. The two more runs give Buchholz a bit of a cushion on a day where he hasn’t seen the least bit of trouble.
Bottom of the 3rd: Tigers 0, Red Sox 3
A nice piece of two-strike hitting by Adrian Beltre gets him his second hit, and gives the Red Sox their second run.
Youkilis started off the inning with a single, which was followed by a David Ortiz walk. Verlander then got ahead 0-2 on Beltre, but he was able to take a pitch on the outside corner past Miguel Cabrera and first base and score Youkilis easily.
With one out, Ryan Kalish sent a ball deep enough into center field to score Ortiz, who had advanced to third on the Beltre single.
Middle of the 3rd: Tigers 0, Red Sox 1
Buchholz walks Alex Avila to start the inning, but a double-play ball and an Austin Jackson strike out later, the inning is over and the Tigers are still scoreless.
The Tigers have just one hit through three.
End of the 2nd: Tigers 0, Red Sox 1
The Sox get just one. after the back-to-back singles by Lowrie and Patterson, Scutaro and Drew go down to end the inning.
Bottom of the 2nd: Tigers 0, Red Sox 1
The Sox are on the board first. Adrian Beltre started off the inning by sending a chopper to second base, and after Will Rhymes struggled to get control of the ball as attempted the throw to first, Beltre was on first with nobody out.
Jed Lowrie singled, sending Beltre from first to third, and an Eric Patterson single on the next at-bat brought Beltre home.
Middle of the 2nd: Tigers 0, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 for the Tigers in the 2nd. J.D. Drew got the first out of the inning on a great sliding catch in right field. Brennan Boesch put a hard-hit ball down the line in right, and on a full run Drew slid feet-first into the dirt down the line and made the play. Writing “9” on my scorecard after a play like that just seems unfair.
End of the 1st: Tigers 0, Red Sox 0
The Sox weren’t going to get that lucky. Victor Martinez lofted a ball into center field with two outs, and it looked like the sun might give Boston another break. But Austin Jackson managed to fight it off and make the catch to end the inning.
After putting the first two batters of the inning on base, the heart of the Red Sox lineup went down in order as both Youkilis and Ortiz struck out swinging before Martinez ended the inning.
Bottom of the 1st: Tigers 0, Red Sox 0
Scutaro sends a high fly ball just into the outfield grass and what looks like a sure out turns into a single as Ramon Santiago lost it in the sun. The ball bounced right behind him as Santiago tried to block the sun with his glove.
Scutaro followed it up with a stolen base, and after a J.D. Drew walk, the Sox have two on with nobody out.
Middle of the 1st: Tigers 0, Red Sox 0
Buchholz strikes out Cabrera to end the 1st. Ryan Raburn managed a two-out single, but that was all the Tigers could muster. Buchholz looks to have good command today. Even the pitches that are ending up as balls are being put right where he wants them.
Top of the 1st: Tigers 0, Red Sox 0
We’re about 15 minutes from the first pitch here at Fenway as the Red Sox look to take the series from the Tigers and get on a run to start the month of August.
It’s another beautiful day, and today figures to be a great pitching match-up as Clay Buchholz goes up against Justin Verlander.
A quick note, Darnell McDonald was originally in the lineup batting ninth and playing center field, but he was replaced by Eric Patterson after complaining of back soreness. It doesn’t sound like anything serious.
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