Game over: Tigers 3, Red Sox 0
Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Tigers, losing the nightcap. The Sox couldn’t muster much against Justin Verlander for 7.2 innings, nor could they get to relievers Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde. The Sox managed only four hits. Josh Beckett pitched well enough to win with six strong innings allowing two runs. The game was played in 2:51 after a 50-minute rain delay before 39,873.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 3, Red Sox 0
The Tigers scored an insurance run on Don Kelly’s single against Scott Atchison that scored Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers got a leadoff double by Cabrera on a ball that Ellsbury tried to come in and make a diving catch. The ball got behind him but Carl Crawford was there to back up quickly to hold the slow-footed Cabrera to two bases.
Top 8th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Justin Verlander was out after two outs in eighth, 132 pitches, with the last one ball four to Jacoby Ellsbury at 100 m.p.h.. Verlander’s pinch count fell one shy of Tim Lincecum’s 133. Sox had two runners on base against Verlander. Drew singled and reached second on Austin Jackson’s error. with two outs, Ellsbury walked. Joaquin Benoit came on to retire Pedroia on a fly ball.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
All Rich Hill does is get people out. He retired the Tigers in order in the seventh, striking out two. Verlander is out for the eighth with 116 pitches.
Top 7th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Youkilis got as far as third when he pulled the Johnny Damon play with no one covering third after a force at second base with the shift on David Ortiz.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett has a strong inning, striking out two. Likely his last with 107 pitches.
Top 6th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
The Captain, Jason Varitek, tried doing his part with a one-out double to right, but the Sox couldn’t finish it off against Verlander. Pedroia sent a long drive to right that was caught on the warning track by Boesch for the third out.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett has settled in to pitch very well. The only thing that messes him up is his pitch count, which stands at 96.
Top 4th: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Sox go down in order. The one hope for the Red Sox is that Verlander hangs a curveball. He doesn’t have a good one tonight, and has gone more to his changeup.
Bottom 3d: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett allowed a one-out single to Victor Martinez, went 3-and-2 to Alex Avila before walking him. Beckett has walked four to this point.
Top 3d: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Sox managed a J.D. Drew single to center and not much else.
Bottom 2d: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Beckett walked two as he continues to struggle with his command, but the Tigers don’t score.
Top 2d: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Three ground ball outs for the Bostonians.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 2, Red Sox 0
Josh Beckett started strong with a swinging strikeout of Austin Jackson, but he then walked Andy Dirks and allowed a double to right to Brennan Boesch, scoring Dirks. Miguel Cabrera singled in the second run to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Victor Martinez singled to right, another hard-hit ball. Beckett got the next two hitters to escape further harm.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single against Justin Verlander, but never stole second with Dustin Pedroia up. Adrian Gonzalez knocked into an inning-ending double play.
The big rain/thunderstorm that was supposed to hit was a dud. Very little rain. The Tigers are taking the field. Jacoby Ellsbury stepped in and took the first pitch at 7:55 p.m. It’s 72 degrees. The delay was 50 minutes.