Tigers try (and fail) to live by the long ball, lose to Red Sox 3-2

After splitting the first 2 games of the series, the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox took the field for a Saturday night classic at Comerica Park. The pregame festivities included a presentation celebrating the 20 year career of Boston designated hitter, David Ortiz. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez both congratulated Big Papi at home plate prior to the first pitch.

The game was delayed by a total of two hours and 31 minutes on Saturday, once to push back first pitch to 8:30 p.m. ET and again prior to the 6th inning when the game didn’t resume until 11 p.m. ET.


INNINGS 1 – 3

Both pitchers were sharp as the teams went 1-2-3 in the 1st and 2nd innings. In the 3rd, Boston loaded the bases with no outs and was able to score Dustin Pedroia when Mookie Betts grounded into a double play.

James McCann answered right back with a solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd.

(THRU 3: TIED 1-1)


INNINGS 4 – 6

The score remained the same until the 5th inning when Ortiz blasted a two-run homer to give the Red Sox a 3-1 lead. The rain started up again at the top of the 6th inning and once more the game was delayed. After 71 minutes, Alex Wilson took over on the mound for Detroit and took care of business.

Unfortunately, nothing doing for the Tigers in the middle frames, just a pair of singles in the 5th that were quickly erased on two ground balls, one for a double play.

(THRU 6: BOS LEADS 3-1)


INNINGS 7 – 9

After the 7th inning stretch, J.D. Martinez hit his 18th homer of the season to cut the deficit to 3-2, this one to deep left field. After retiring 6 straight batters, Wilson gave way to Shane Greene for a 1-2-3 8th inning. Justin Wilson blanked the Red Sox in the 9th.

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In the bottom of the 9th, Justin Upton doubled to straight away center field and missed a game-tying home run by inches, putting the game-tying run in scoring position against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel. Unfortunately, Casey McGehee struck out to end the game.

(FINAL BOS 3, DET 2)


ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES

UP NEXT

The Tigers close out this four-game series with the Red Sox tomorrow afternoon from Comerica Park. Taking the mound for Detroit will be Justin Verlander (12-7, 3.44 ERA). He allowed five runs (three ER) over seven innings his last time out against the Royals. He will oppose young Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA). He tossed four scoreless, hitless innings in his previous start before having to depart with a hamstring injury.

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