The Red Sox failed to sweep the Tigers Thursday night behind an uncharacteristically shaky Josh Beckett and a mediocre bullpen performance, falling 7-3 to Detroit.
Beckett would get off to a stronger start than his opposition in Max Scherzer. While Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Scott Podsednik were busy putting a pair of runs on Scherzer in the second on a homer and a long double respectively, Beckett had already had an easy first inning, and had gotten through the second with a big assist from Ryan Sweeney, who gunned down Delmon Young trying to score on a sacrifice fly.
Things would quickly change for Beckett in the third, however. The first three batters would reach base, leaving Beckett with two runners in scoring position, one run in, and not an out to show for it. A sacrifice fly and Prince Fielder single would prove enough to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead.
The Sox quickly fought back to 3-3 with Jarrod Saltalamacchia once again bringing in a big run, singling home Kevin Youkilis with a single up the middle after Youkilis had hit a two-out double in the bottom half of the third. The Tigers would retake the lead in the fifth, however, as Quintin Barry played some small ball by turning a bunt single into a triple on a stolen base and the bad throw to second it caused.
Unfortunately, after struggling through the first few innings, Max Scherzer would settle down, escaping the sixth without allowing another run before the bullpen took over, providing the same effective level of run prevention in relief. The Tigers would fare much better against Boston's relief corps, however, scoring on a home run off of Franklin Morales in the eighth, and then adding two more on Rich Hill in the ninth thanks to, of a ll things, a Prince Fielder triple into the triangle. With nothing forthcoming in the bottom half, the Sox fell short of the sweep.
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