Boston 4, Detroit 1

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 68°
Umpires - Home Plate - Angel Campos, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Larry Vanover,
Attendance - 37275

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 54-50 28-21 26-29 L2
Boston 53-51 27-28 26-23 W4


Red Sox 4, Tigers 1:
Clayton Mortensen pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after replacing injured Josh Beckett and host Boston beat Justin Verlander for the second time this season to win its fourth consecutive game in a rain-shortened contest.

The game was called in the top of the sixth after a one-hour, 45-minute delay. The Tigers had the bases loaded with two out when rain forced the stoppage.
Beckett left with back spasms after walking Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded in the third inning. Mortensen (1-0) entered and got out of the jam by inducing Prince Fielder to fly out to center.

Mortensen, who was recalled earlier Tuesday from Triple-A Pawtucket, allowed just one hit to pick up the win.

The Red Sox pushed across four runs in the fourth inning against Verlander (11-7), who lost his second consecutive outing.

Boston tied the score on a run-scoring single to right by Pedro Ciriaco. Jacoby Ellsbury drew a bases-loaded walk to give Boston a 2-1 lead and two runs scored when a tapper by Carl Crawford went over the head of Verlander and second baseman Omar Infante missed a barehand attempt to field the ball.

The Tigers have lost five of their last six games.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Red Sox OF Ryan Sweeney underwent surgery to repair a broken left pinkie one day after punching a door. OF Ryan Kalish was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. … Detroit has lost nine of its last 10 games at Fenway Park. … Boston acquired left-handed reliever Craig Breslow from the Arizona Diamondbacks for OF Scott Podsednik and right-handed reliever Matt Albers. … Red Sox INF Mike Aviles (turf toe) missed his third straight game.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Boston
Justin Verlander Player Josh Beckett
Loss W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 2.2
6 Strikeouts 2
6 Hits 1
5.40 ERA 3.38
Detroit   Boston
Alex Avila Player Pedro Ciriaco
1 Hits 1
0 RBI 1
0 HR 0
1 TB 1
.500 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 3 0 3 .158 9 3 1 6 1 1
Boston 6 0 6 .300 12 6 3 4 1 0

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .528 after a win and .490 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Tigers have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .600 after a loss.
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