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Friday, June 1, 2012

Beckett, Red Sox Fail to Sweep

BOSTON, MA - MAY 31: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the...
BOSTON, MA - MAY 31: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers knocks in Quintin Berry in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park May 31, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
With a near empty schedule on Thursday night, the Red Sox had a chance to make up some ground in the AL East if they could beat the Tigers. Unfortunately Josh Beckett wasn't stellar like he has been recently and Boston's offense was held at bay by Max Scherzer and Detroit's bullpen.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia continued what is increasingly looking like a breakout year for the Red Sox catcher with his 10th HR of the season in the second inning to put Boston ahead early. He was 2-4 in the game and has just two fewer HR than David Ortiz who leads the team with 12.

Ryan Sweeney followed immediately with a single and after Scherzer recorded two outs, Scott Podsednik hit an RBI double to put the Sox up 2-0 after the second inning.

The Tigers came roaring back in the third off Josh Beckett, starting a rally with a Don Kelly single and Danny Worth double to put 2 in scoring position with nobody out for Quintin Berry.

Detroit's centerfielder singled in the first run, but it wouldn't stop there. Brennan Boesch hit a sac-fly to left that brought Danny Worth in to score and after Miguel Cabrera flied out, Prince Fielder singled up the middle to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead.

Josh Beckett gave up another run in the fifth, an RBI single to Miguel Cabrera, but the righty was able to eat up 7 innings. He allowed 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB and struck out just 1 batter.

The Red Sox bullpen, which has been solid of late, gave up 3 ER to put the game out of reach. Franklin Morales allowed a solo homer to Delmon Young in the eighth but the ninth was the dagger for the Sox.

Rich Hill gave up a single to Cabrera who stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Saltalamacchia. Prince Fielder then hit a triple that was deflected by Ryan Sweeney in the outfield to score the Tigers 6th run.

The next batter Delmon Young singled to right for the Tigers 7th and final run of the game. He was 3-5 with 2 RBI on Thursday night.

Taking 3 out of 4 is hardly something to complain about but the Red Sox were looking for the sweep. With the rest of the East having the night off, it was a chance to pull closer. Instead they move to 3 games back and keep on chugging tonight against the Blue Jays.

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