Boston 6, Detroit 4

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 75°
Umpires - Home Plate - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Welke,
Attendance - 37195

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 0
Boston 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 1 6 12 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 23-27 11-12 12-15 L3
Boston 26-24 13-13 13-11 W3

Recap


Red Sox 6, Tigers 4:
Adrian Gonzalez broke a 4-4 tie with a two-out RBI double in the seventh inning and red-hot David Ortiz hit a two-run homer as Boston defeated Detroit for the seventh straight time at home.

Will Middlebrooks also delivered a two-run shot in the Red Sox's four-run fourth inning, which featured five straight hits with two outs.

Kevin Youkilis added a solo shot in the eighth for Boston (26-24), which improved to 14-5 since May 11 and moved to within 2 1/2 games of first place in the American League East despite remaining last in the division.

Ortiz is 7-for-12 with two homers and five RBIs in the first three games of the series.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with three doubles and an RBI for the Tigers (23-27), who fell to 14-24 since starting 9-3. His two-out double in the seventh inning tied the game 4-4.

Boston's Jon Lester allowed four runs on 10 hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings while Detroit rookie Drew Smyly yielded four runs and eight hits in six innings in his first appearance against the Red Sox.

Matt Albers (1-0) recorded the victory despite allowing two hits and Cabrera's RBI double in the seventh. Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Alfredo Aceves, pitching for the fourth straight day, earned his 13th save in 16 chances with a perfect ninth.

Octavio Dotel (1-2) took the loss.

Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a ground rule double in the fourth before Ortiz drove a 1-1 fastball into the center field bleachers for his 12th homer.  Youkilis followed with a single and Middlebrooks lined Smyly's first offering into the Green Monster seats in left. Marlon Byrd was left stranded after singling.

Detroit scored its first three runs on Delmon Young's RBI fielder's choice in the first inning, and Danny Worth's sacrifice fly and Prince Fielder's run-scoring groundout in the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia missed his second straight game with a thumb injury. ... The Tigers are 7-28 at Fenway Park since 2003. ... Ortiz moved into 55th on the all-time home run list with 390, one more than Johnny Bench. ... The Red Sox and White Sox share the best record in baseball since May 11. ... Cabrera is 8-for-14 lifetime against Lester. ... Fielder has a seven-game hitting streak and is 14-for-27 during that span. ... Byrd went 2-for-4 and made a diving catch coming in on Gerald Laird's drive to end the eighth.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Boston
Drew Smyly Player Jon Lester
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 6.2
4 Strikeouts 7
8 Hits 10
6.00 ERA 5.40
Hitting
Detroit   Boston
Miguel Cabrera Player Will Middlebrooks
4 Hits 2
1 RBI 2
0 HR 1
7 TB 5
.800 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 12 0 18 .333 14 10 4 2 0 0
Boston 12 3 24 .343 13 8 6 1 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .577 after a win and .458 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Tigers have a W/L % of .348 after a win and .556 after a loss.