Sunday, June 23, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 7, Red Sox 5
By Chuck Pleiness, Special to ESPNBoston.com
DETROIT -- Late-inning losses were the norm for the Red Sox at Comerica Park this weekend.
After Jhonny Peralta’s walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday, Detroit scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth, aided by two costly errors, to take the four-game series with a 7-5 win Sunday afternoon.
The eighth inning began on what seemed like a routine fly ball to Daniel Nava in right field, but he bobbled the exchange to his throwing hand after the basket catch and the umpire immediately ruled he never made the grab and Avisail Garcia raced into second.
Boston manager John Farrell argued the call and was ejected quite quickly after the discussion began.
Garcia raced over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bryan Holaday, who was safe after relief pitcher Andrew Miller’s throw to first pulled Dustin Pedroia off the bag.
After a walk to Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter lifted a ball to the outfield to score Garcia with the go-ahead run.
Boston decided to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera, then Prince Fielder followed with a two-run single.
In all, the Tigers scored three runs in the eighth on just one hit.
Boston committed three errors on the day.
Nava had just replaced Shane Victorino, batting for him in the top of the eighth.
Victorino left with lower back tightness.
Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront was able to build off his most successful start of the season … sort of.
Doubront lasted just five innings, but wound up with a second straight no-decision.
The Red Sox had a 4-3 lead when it had to go to the bullpen.
Doubront reached the century mark in his pitch count near the end of the fifth inning, topping off at 104. He gave up four hits, walked four and just two earned runs.
In his last outing on June 18, Doubront allowed just three hits and fanned six, but didn’t get the decision against Tampa Bay. He left after throwing 93 pitches.
Andrew Bailey and Miller gave up the lead in the seventh as the pair combined to load the bases before Miller allowed the tying run to come home by hitting Jhonny Peralta with a pitch to force home Hunter.
Bailey was charged with the run, giving up two of the three hits in the inning.
The Tigers were able to keep David Ortiz in the ballpark, but the slugger did finish with three hits. Ortiz, who also fanned twice Sunday, had homered in two of the first three games of the series.
Dustin Pedroia had a three-hit game after having a two-hit game on Friday.
Third baseman Jose Iglesias reached base for a 26th consecutive game when he was hit by a pitch in the second inning.
Detroit first baseman Victor Martinez made a highlight reel play in the sixth inning.
Martinez dove to his left to stop a hot shot by Jacoby Ellsbury. While off balance in foul territory, Martinez took a look back at relief pitcher Drew Smyly running to cover the base, then backhanded a no-look toss to nail Ellsbury.