Tigers take advantage of Boston's errorsJun 24, 2013 - 1:15 AM Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers took advantage of Boston's errors in the eighth inning to beat the Red Sox, 7-5, and win the four-game series at Comerica Park.
Avisail Garcia hit a routine fly ball in the eighth to right fielder Daniel Nava, who appeared to make the catch but failed to transfer the ball to his throwing hand.
"Sometimes calls go your way, sometimes they don't. That was the case," Nava said.
Bryan Holaday dropped down a sacrifice bunt and Boston reliever Andrew Miller's (0-2) throw pulled Mike Napoli off first. An Austin Jackson walk loaded the bases and Torii Hunter hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Garcia and give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Prince Fielder's two-run single to left wound up being the difference.
Newly appointed closer Joaquin Benoit (2-0) recorded the last out of the eighth and secured the victory despite allowing a run in the ninth.
Fielder had two hits with three RBI, while Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta each added an RBI.
"Anytime you beat the leading team in the (AL) East three out of four, that's pretty good," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland.
After losing his closing duties, the struggles of Andrew Bailey continued but this time they came in the seventh. Out of the three batters he faced, he allowed two singles and was relieved by Miller. Fielder slapped a single to load the bases. With an 0-2 count and two outs, Miller plunked Peralta in the knee to tie the game at 4-4.
Walking two batters ahead of Cabrera to start the first inning probably isn't the best idea. Cabrera made Felix Doubront pay with a ground-rule double to center, scoring Jackson. Fielder's groundout to first allowed Hunter to cross the plate for an early 2-0 Tigers lead.
Boston answered in the second to knot the game at 2-2. Napoli singled and Stephen Drew worked a walk with one out. Ryan Lavarnway's RBI single up the middle scored Napoli. After Jose Iglesias was hit with a curveball, Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly to center tied the game.
The Tigers reclaimed the lead in the home second. A passed ball off catcher Lavarnway's glove allowed Holaday to score from third.
Dustin Pedroia beat out an infield single to open the third and David Ortiz singled to right field, which moved Pedroia to third. Napoli grounded into a force out to bring in Pedroia with the tying run.
The Red Sox took the lead in the fourth after Lavarnway walked to start the inning and Ellsbury doubled with one out. Shane Victorino's groundout gave Boston a 4-3 lead.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected in the eighth for arguing the Nava call ... Detroit starter Justin Verlander went five innings, yielding four runs on seven hits ... Pedroia snapped an 0-for-16 streak against Verlander in the third ... Boston finished 2-for-14 with runner in scoring position ... Doubront surrendered three runs -- two earned -- in five frames.
- BOSTON: 5
Jun 23 5:40 PM
- Jonny Gomes double to right scored Dustin Pedroia with two outs. Runner on second and Stephen Drew due up.
Red Sox 5, Tigers 7 Top 9, 2 OutsJun 23 5:39 PM
- Prince Fielder single to center scored Bryan Holaday and Austin Jackson with one out. On the play, Miguel Cabrera advances to second. Runners on first and second and Victor Martinez due up.
Red Sox 4, Tigers 7 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 23 5:30 PM
- Torii Hunter sacrifice fly to center scored Avisail Garcia with one out. On the play, Bryan Holaday advances to third. Runners on first and third and Miguel Cabrera due up.
Red Sox 4, Tigers 5 Bot 8, 1 OutJun 23 5:27 PM
- Jhonny Peralta was hit-by-pitch, Austin Jackson scored on the play with two outs. Bases loaded and Omar Infante due up.
Red Sox 4, Tigers 4 Bot 7, 2 OutsJun 23 5:12 PM
- Shane Victorino ground out short to first scored Ryan Lavarnway with two outs. On the play, Jacoby Ellsbury advances to third. Runner on third and Dustin Pedroia due up.
Red Sox 4, Tigers 3 Top 4, 2 OutsJun 23 2:43 PM
- Mike Napoli grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second, scoring Dustin Pedroia with one out. David Ortiz out at second. Runner on first and Jonny Gomes due up.
Red Sox 3, Tigers 3 Top 3, 1 OutJun 23 2:21 PM
- Austin Jackson advances to third and Bryan Holaday scored on a Felix Doubront wild pitch with two outs. Runner on third and Torii Hunter at the plate.
Red Sox 2, Tigers 3 Bot 2, 2 OutsJun 23 2:07 PM
- Jacoby Ellsbury sacrifice fly to center scored Stephen Drew with two outs. Runners on first and second and Shane Victorino due up.
Red Sox 2, Tigers 2 Top 2, 2 OutsJun 23 1:50 PM
- Ryan Lavarnway single to center scored Mike Napoli with one out. On the play, Stephen Drew advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jose Iglesias due up.
Red Sox 1, Tigers 2 Top 2, 1 OutJun 23 1:45 PM
- Prince Fielder ground out to first scored Torii Hunter with one out. On the play, Miguel Cabrera advances to third. Runner on third and Victor Martinez due up.
Red Sox 0, Tigers 2 Bot 1, 1 OutJun 23 1:29 PM
- Miguel Cabrera ground-rule double to center scored Austin Jackson with none out. On the play, Torii Hunter advances to third. Runners on second and third and Prince Fielder due up.
Red Sox 0, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 23 1:28 PM
- BOSTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 23 1:09 PM
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