Alfredo Aceves saved his 12th game as the Red Sox (25-24) moved over .500 for the first time this season. With Baltimore and Tampa Bay losing, Boston is just 3-1/2 games behind both Baltimore and Tampa Bay in fifth place. Aceves yelled at home plate umpire Bill Welke on a ball he thought was a strike before walking Andy Dirks, but he got the next two batters including Prince Fielder to end the game. Nick Punto made a nice play and recovery on Fielder’s grounder diving and having it hit off his glove, but he made the play. The game was played in 3:15 before 37,216.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 3
Sox were retired in the eighth. Alfredo Aceves comes on to protect the 3-run lead.
Update: play resumed at 10:50 after a 38-minute delay.
Update: Game is expected to resume at 10:50 p.m.
With Nick Punto up after Scott Podsednik struck out, umpires ordered the tarp on the field at 10:12 p.m.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 3
Umpires reviewed Alex Avila’s double which fell awfully close to the yellow line in center at the 379-foot marker. Avila moved to third on a ground out with two outs, but Padilla retired Peralta on a ground out to short to preserve the 3-run lead.
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Tigers 3
David Ortiz hit his 11th homer and had his third hit of the game into the Monster seats vs. lefty Duane Below. The run was a welcome one as the Tigers had begun to chip away at the lead. The home run was his 389th, tying Johnny Bench for 55th all-time.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Tigers 3
Tightening up here. Andrew Miller gave up an RBI single to Prince Fielder. Vicente Padillla has come on.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Tigers 2
Sox had a chance to add on to their lead when Podsednik doubled and Punto reached on an infield single with one out. But Verlander struck out Nava and Sweeney. Verlander has worked six innings or more in 53 straight starts. Longest streak since Steve Carlton’s 69 straight Sept. 13, 1979 – April 13, 1982.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Tigers 2
Prince Fielder launched a rocket into the first few rows of the right field bleachers, his 8th homer of the season. It came off Bard. The Sox starter did not survive the sixth as Bobby Valentine took him out after 5-1/3 innings (and after striking out Delmon Young), allowing two runs, five hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches. Rich Hill came on and retired one of the next two lefthanded hitters. Alex Avila reached with a walk. Scott Atchison then got out of the inning.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Tigers 1
Doubles-machine David Ortiz laced his 18th double, second of the game vs. Verlander, knocking in Adrian Gonzalez (single) from first base. Ortiz was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.
Top 5th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 1
Bard allowed a home run to Jhonny Peralta, who stroked it to the opposite field to the Red Sox bullpen. Bard struggled again with baserunners, but got a big strikeout of Miguel Cabrera to get out of a jamw ith runners at first and second.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 4, Tigers 0
Daniel Nava will remember this one for a long time. He unleashed a two-out bases-clearing double on a 3-2 count to give the Red Sox a commanding lead off Justin Verlander. Kevin Youkilis, Mike Aviles and Scott Podsednik all reached on singles. Nava, who had worked a walk in the first inning, patiently made Verlander pitch and throw strikes, working the count to 3-2 before going the other way and sending a liner to left field.
Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
Delmon Young singled off the wall, but Bard got out of it when Boesch knocked into a double-play to end the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
Daniel Nava walked to lead off the inning, but Justin Verlander retired
the next three Red Sox hitters.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
Bard got a little wild, walking No. 9 hitter Ramon Santiago and hitting lead off man Quintin Berry witha pitch, but managed to get out of it again securing the next two outs. Ryan Sweeney made another nice play in right field on a hard-hit curving liner by Miguel Cabrera.
Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0
The Sox put a run on the board against Justin Verlander when David Ortiz reached on a leadoff double off the wall, went to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s single to left, and scored when a hustling Mike Aviles grounded to second and beat out a double-play throw to first to reach safely.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
Ryan Sweeney made a nice sliding catch of a pop in short right by Brennan Boesch. Bard retired the side in order.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
Three-up, three down for Sox vs. Verlander, who lost 2-1 to the Indians in his last outing on May 24th even though he went eight innings and allowed two runs.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0
Daniel Bard started out well by striking leadoff man Quintin Berry with a 94 mph fastball on the outside corner. Andy Dirks singled to center, but retired the next two batters with infield outs. Tough task ahead against Justin Verlander. Bard entered the game with 28 strikeoiuts and 29 walks and had struck out only 9 batters in his last 28-2/3 innings.
On a cloudy, somewhat foggy night at Fenway. We’ll be back with live updates shortly.