Tigers hit seven homers, but still lose

DETROIT (AP) -- Tim Wakefield won a game and ended up in the
record book.

He enjoyed one feat much more than the other.

Wakefield gave up six homers, matching a modern major league
record last set 64 years ago, but he wound up with the victory when
his Boston Red Sox outslugged the Detroit Tigers 11-9 Sunday.

"I'm glad we won, but that's just because the offense scored
more runs than I gave up," Wakefield said. "I'd rather just
forget about the whole thing."

David Ortiz's three-run shot capped a six-run fourth inning, and
Kevin Youkilis homered twice to help the Red Sox overcome seven
Detroit home runs.

"I don't remember ever hitting two homers in pro ball,"
Youkilis said. "I'll remember this one, though."

Ivan Rodriguez and Eric Munson each connected twice for the
Tigers on an unusual day at spacious Comerica Park. The teams
combined for 10 homers, the most in the stadium's five-year
history. Detroit's seven homers were the most ever hit by one club
at Comerica.

"I'm not sure what was happening out there," Munson said.
"Some of the balls that went out weren't crushed by any means, but
the ball was just really carrying."

Three homers went over the shortened left-field fence and would
not have been home runs before the Comerica Park fences were
brought in last year.

Wakefield (8-6) allowed two homers to Rodriguez and one each to
Munson, Craig Monroe, Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young. Yet the
knuckleballer left after five innings with a 10-7 lead.

"He didn't have his best stuff, but give him credit -- he stayed
out there for five innings," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
"I've never seen the ball carry like it did today -- it was just
flying all over the place."

Wakefield is the sixth pitcher since 1900 to yield six homers in
a game, but the first since George Caster of the Philadelphia
Athletics against the Red Sox on Sept. 24, 1940.

The previous Red Sox record was five, by Wakefield in 1996 and
Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in 1979.

"I didn't have any feeling for the knuckler today at all,"
Wakefield said. "I was just trying to get an out anywhere I could
find one."

In 1886, Charlie Sweeney of the St. Louis Maroons in the
National League gave up seven homers in a game, according to the
Elias Sports Bureau.

Brooklyn's Hollis Thurston was the last pitcher to give up six
homers and win the game, beating the New York Giants at the Polo
Grounds on Aug. 13, 1932.

Three Red Sox relievers finished, securing Wakefield's third
straight win. Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th
save in 23 chances.

Wakefield allowed eight hits but did not walk a batter.

Youkilis had four RBI for Boston, which took two of three in
the series. Ortiz, who missed the first game while finishing a
five-game suspension, drove in five runs in the two wins.

"To come out of here with two wins -- that gives us some
momentum," Francona said.

Nate Robertson (9-7) failed to take advantage of Detroit's big
day on offense, giving up eight runs -- seven earned -- in three-plus

Detroit scored six runs on five homers off Wakefield in the
first three innings, but Robertson immediately gave the lead back
three straight times.

"There's not a lot I can say," Robertson said. "Our guys went
out there and scored nine runs, and I gave it away. I missed some
pitches, and they hit them, but I threw some good pitches and they
hit those, too."

The Tigers went ahead on Rodriguez's homer in the first, but
Bill Mueller and Gabe Kapler made it 2-1 with run-scoring hits in
the second.

Detroit got consecutive solo homers from Monroe and Munson in
the bottom half to make it 3-2, but Boston tied the game on
Youkilis' homer.

Rodriguez hit his second homer in the third, a two-run shot, and
Pena added a solo drive later in the inning, putting the Tigers
ahead 6-3.

Robertson, though, couldn't even get an out in the fourth.

Mueller reached on a two-base error by center fielder Alex
Sanchez, Kapler singled, and both runners scored on Johnny Damon's
triple. Youkilis tied the game with an RBI single before Robertson
walked Kevin Millar.

That brought Roberto Novoa out of the bullpen to face Ortiz, who
lined a pitch just inside the right-field foul pole for a three-run
homer and a 9-6 lead.

"Obviously, you wonder how that inning would have gone if Alex
catches the ball -- that's certainly not the way you want to start
an inning," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "But the fact is
that we just didn't shut them down after that."

Youkilis made it 10-6 with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, but
Young hit the final homer against Wakefield, Detroit's fifth solo
shot, in the bottom of the fifth.

Youkilis homered in the eighth off Al Levine to make it 11-7.
Munson hit a two-run shot off Mike Timlin in the bottom half.

Game notes
Manny Ramirez was scratched from the Boston lineup with
flulike symptoms for the second day in a row. ... Kapler had three
hits, including two doubles, against his former team. ... The
Tigers dropped to 28-30 at home.