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Tigers 8, Red Sox 3: Unearned Runs Cost Boston Against Detroit

The Tigers defeated a split-squad Red Sox team 8-3, with the five deciding runs all being unearned.

Clay Buchholz got the start, and wasn't particularly strong in the early going. A second inning home run let the Tigers tie the game after a Dustin Pedroia homer gave the Sox an early lead, but it wasn't until the fifth inning that things started to spiral out of control.

After a single to leadoff the inning, Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Gonzalez committed a pair of errors surrounding a sacrifice bunt. With Hideki Okajima having entered the game after the initial error, disaster was not far away--Ryan Raburn took the struggling lefty deep, plating three runs and giving the Tigers a 5-1 lead.

The Sox did mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning as Ryan Kalish, Marco Scutaro, and Dustin Pedroia walked to set up a 2-run single from Kevin Youkilis. But it proved insufficient, as Michael Bowden "gave up" another unearned run on a passed ball with a runner on third, and Brandon Duckworth allowed the Tigers to seal the deal with two more in the ninth.

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