American League Game Summary - Detroit at Boston|
(Wednesday, May 30th)
Final Score: Boston 6, Detroit 4
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks each hit a
two-run homer as Boston upended Detroit, 6-4, in the third portion of a
four-game series from Fenway Park.
Kevin Youkilis added a solo shot with two runs scored, while Adrian Gonzalez
doubled twice, drove in a run and scored once for the Red Sox, who have won
three in a row and eight of their last 11.
Matt Albers (1-0) recorded the final out of the seventh for the win. Alfredo
Aceves turned in a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.
"Aceves is like our pitching [Dustin] Pedroia," Red Sox manager Bobby
Valentine said. "You just wind him up. He was throwing harder tonight than he
has in any of the other four days."
Miguel Cabrera finished 4-for-5 with three doubles and drove in a run for the
Tigers, who have lost six of nine. Delmon Young and Prince Fielder added RBI
Octavio Dotel (1-2), who retired two batters in the seventh, was charged with
the deciding run.
"Dotel struck out the first two, then you had a walk and then they got a big
hit," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "You have to give them credit."
Cabrera doubled home Gerald Laird in the top of the seventh to tie the game,
4-4, but Boston came back in the home half.
Daniel Nava walked with two down against Dotel and after Mike Aviles singled,
Phil Coke entered the game only to surrender the go-ahead ground-rule double
from Gonzalez which bounced over the short wall in right.
Youkilis greeted Joaquin Benoit with a leadoff shot in the eighth, and Aceves
finished off the victory with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Detroit picked up a first-inning run on a bases-loaded fielder's choice
grounder from Young.
It was 3-0 in the third. Quintin Berry led off with a triple and scored on a
Danny Worth fly to center. Cabrera doubled, moved up on a wild pitch and came
in on a Fielder groundout.
In the home fourth, Gonzalez reached on a ground-rule double and Ortiz
launched a two-run blast to dead center. Youkilis then singled and
Middlebrooks topped the Green Monster to give the Sox a 4-3 edge.
Boston starter Jon Lester allowed 10 hits and four runs with seven strikeouts
over 6 2/3 innings, while counterpart Drew Smyly lasted six frames, charged
with eight hits and four runs...The season series is knotted at three wins
apiece, but the Red Sox have won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Tigers
since the start of last year...Prior to the game, the Tigers announced that
pitcher Doug Fister was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a rib strain
which put him on the DL for most of April...Also, Detroit added catcher Omir
Santos to the roster after demoting infielder Ryan Raburn following Tuesday's
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