American League Game Summary - Detroit at Boston|
(Thursday, May 31st)
Final Score: Detroit 7, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - After a rocky start put Detroit in an early
hole, it was smooth sailing for the Tigers and Max Scherzer, who beat the Red
Sox, 7-3, and avoided a four-game sweep.
Scherzer (5-3) allowed three runs on seven hits in six-plus innings, but only
gave up one hit after the third. He also struck out six and walked two in the
"He really pitched well," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "He did a good job
against a team that's really playing well now...so it's a good win for us."
Quintin Berry led the charge for Detroit, filling up the box score with three
hits, two runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases.
Delmon Young knocked in two runs for Detroit, including a long homer.
Josh Beckett (4-5), who had allowed only three runs in his previous three
starts, gave up four runs on 10 hits with just one strikeout over seven
The Tigers took the lead for good in the fifth inning after Berry led off with
a bunt single. After stealing second and advancing to third when the throw hit
him in the helmet, he came around to score when Miguel Cabrera singled to
The Red Sox took an early lead in the second inning when Jarrod Saltalamacchia
hit his 10th homer of the season. Ryan Sweeney followed with a base hit and
then scored when Scott Podsednik delivered a two-out double over the head of
Berry to give the Sox a 2-0 lead.
Detroit quickly responded after Don Kelly singled to lead off the third. Danny
Worth followed with a double to left, then Kelly scored and Worth advanced to
third on a Berry single up the middle. Worth scored on a Brennan Boesch
sacrifice fly and, after he stole second, Berry gave Detroit the lead when
Prince Fielder delivered a two-out hit.
The Sox tied it with a two-out rally in the third. Kevin Youkilis doubled down
the left field line and Saltalamacchia brought him home with a base hit to tie
From there, Scherzer was lights out, retiring nine straight Red Sox and
keeping Boston off the board while Detroit regained the lead.
"We just let him off the hook," Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine said. "We had
his pitch count up in the 80s after four [innings] and we were having good at-
bats, we kind of let it slip away."
Boston had its best chance to tie the game when Scherzer walked Nick Punto to
leadoff the seventh inning. However, after Podsednik sacrificed Punto to
second, Phil Coke ended the rally by surviving a long fly ball from Daniel
Nava and forcing Adrian Gonzalez to fly out to left.
The game got out of reach after Young launched a long home run over the Green
Monster in the eighth and Fielder knocked in Cabrera with a triple to right-
center field and scored when Young singled to right.
Coke, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect three innings to seal
Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens was ejected after the first
inning...Tiger catcher Alex Avila left the game in the third inning after
getting hit in the mask with a foul ball...The Red Sox wrapped up a seven-game
homestand with a 4-3 record...The Red Sox have a major league-best 36 RBI from
the leadoff spot...The Red Sox lead the majors with 201 extra-base hits and
132 doubles...The Tigers wrapped up a stretch of 19 of 24 games on the road in
which the team went 10-14...Fielder is hitting .426 (29-for-68) with eight
doubles, a triple, three home runs and 17 RBI in his last 17 games dating back
to May 14...Tigers relievers have combined to post a 1.59 ERA (six earned runs
in 34 innings) in the team's last 14 games...Scherzer is third in the majors
with 78 strikeouts...Coming into the night, Scherzer had an 11.81 ERA in 16
innings in four career starts against the Red Sox...Scherzer led all starters
with 51 strikeouts in May...The Tigers went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring
06/01 01:25:19 ET