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OH-FOR-FENWAY.....Boston 4, TIGERS 3, Th 5/19/11
Posted on: 05-19-2011

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      Carl Crawford, who scored in the
B-8th for the only run in Wednesday's
wet win by Boston vs the Tigers, batted
in the winning run in the B-9th Thursday
night as the Red Sox completed a 2-game
series sweep of Detroit by a 4-3 score.
      Both teams loaded the bases in the
9th-INN. Like the night before, the Tigers
came up empty in the juiced sacks
situation. Like the night before the BoSox
got a last at-bat win.
      It's a good thing this abbreviated series was Detroit's only trip to
Beantown this year. The only time the Tigers have posted a winning
Fenway record in the last nine years was in their World Series season of
2006 by a slim 2-1 margin. Over those nine years Detroit has gone just
7-23 in Boston.
      The Tigers and ace RHander Justin Verlander were trailing 3-1 after
7-INN, but Detroit tied the game on back-to-back T-8th homers to greet
second Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard. Brennan Boersch (#3) slashed his solo
blow past the Pesky Pole in the RField corner. Miguel Cabrera (#8) followed
to launch a shot into the Green Monster seats.
      However, with the bases loaded and 1-out/T-9th, Boesch and Cabrera both
struck-out swinging against Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon (W, 2-0).      
      When the Bostons loaded the bases off Tiger reliever Al Alburquerque (L, 0-1)
with none out in the B-9th, the Tigers briefly stayed alive on a super play by
Detroit's rookie LFielder Andy Dirks. Jed Lowrie flared a pop-fly just over the
infield, but with the outfield pulled in, Dirks got the ball on a short hop and threw
to catcher Alex Avila to nip pinch-runner Jose Iglesias on a forceout at the plate.
Next batter Crawford singled over the head of Tiger CFielder Austin Jackson to
plate pinch-runner Darnell Jackson with the winning run.
      Verlander allowed 3-R/3-ER on 6-H & 0-W and equaled his season-high of 9-K.
Two of the half dozen basehits off Verlander were solo homeruns by J.D. Drew (#3)
to RField to lead-off the B-4th and to David Ortiz (#8) over the RCField bullpen to
lead-off the B-7th.
      Boston starter Josh Beckett also took a no-decision and yielded 1-R/1-ER on
5-H & 2-W with 3-K.
      The Red Sox won their sixth in a row and the Tigers dropped their third straight.

         DET          3-10-1, 10-LOB          (L) Alburquerque, 0-1
         BOS          4-8-1, 6-LOB                (W) Papelbon, 2-0


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "We're just not doing a good enough job of taking
advantage of our scoring opportunities...Sac fly, big hit – we were one hit,
each night, from maybe even breaking the game open...Two nights in a row,
we’ve walked the leadoff guy in crucial situations. That’s a no-no that usually
comes back to haunt you, and it did tonight."

TIGERS SP JUSTIN VERLANDER:   "We were right there both games [at Boston]
and couldn’t pull either one of them out, so it’s tough. But, consequently, we
had two guys, myself and Phil Coke, who went deep into games and saved our
bullpen a little bit. So now we go to Pittsburgh and we’re locked and loaded."

TIGERS RP AL ALBURQUERQUE:   "Sometimes you pitch good, sometimes you
pitch bad. It happens in the game. Keep working and working hard, try to
make better pitches."

RED SOX DH DAVID ORTIZ:    "[Verlander has] great stuff. You've got to make sure
that when he gives you something to hit you don't waste it."

EXTRA INNINGS:            
         Ortiz went 3-for-4 with his homer and twice beating the LHanded pull shift
through the infield.
      Dirks' RBI-1B (for his first MLB RBI) ended Beckett's career-best 19-INN scoreless
streak in the T-2nd.
    Boston's other run came on a Drew sac-fly.
      The Tigers begin inter-league play with a 3-game series at Pittsburgh starting
Friday night. Jeff Karstens (2-2) of the Pirates and Brad Penny (4-3) for Detroit
are the probable pitchers.


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