The Tigers gave struggling closer Joe Nathan the night off and
went to Joba Chamberlain (1-3), who surrendered a leadoff single to
Brock Holt before walking Dustin Pedroia with one out. Ortiz
followed and ripped a 1-1 slider deep into the stands in right to
help the Red Sox snap a five-game slide.
John Lackey (7-4) allowed three runs (two earned) in eight innings
to pick up the win and Koji Uehara worked a scoreless ninth for his
12th save for Boston, which got a solo home run from Mike Napoli and
four hits from Holt. Eugenio Suarez drove in two runs in his third
career game and Miguel Cabrera had two hits and scored before
leaving with a hamstring injury in the sixth for Detroit.
Pedroia got the Red Sox a quick lead on a sacrifice fly with the
bases loaded in the third but Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez was able
to avoid further damage by striking out Ortiz to end the inning.
Austin Jackson led off the bottom of the frame with a single and
scored on Suarez’s single, and the Tigers took the lead when Cabrera
and Victor Martinez opened the fourth with back-to-back doubles.
Napoli, who was activated off the 15-day disabled list earlier in
the day, tied it again in the sixth by taking a fastball the
opposite way into the stands in right-center as Sanchez was charged
with two runs in six frames. Detroit took advantage of an error by
third baseman Xander Bogaerts before pushing across the go-ahead run
on Suarez’s single through the left side in the bottom of the frame.
[to top of second column]
GAME NOTEBOOK: Cabrera was diagnosed with tightness in his left
hamstring and is day-to-day. … The Red Sox optioned OF Alex Hassan
to Triple-A Pawtucket to clear a roster spot for Napoli. … Boston
RHP Clay Buchholz (knee) threw a three-inning simulated game and
came through with no issues physically.
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.