Bailey blows save as Tigers beat Red Sox, 4-3

Bailey blows save as Tigers beat Red Sox, 4-3
June 20, 2013, 10:15 pm
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DETROIT -- It's official: the Red Sox have a closer crisis.

Andrew Bailey inherited a one-run lead in the ninth inning, but it didn't last long. He walked Victor Martinez to start the innings and then gave up a game-winning two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta, handing the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory.
     
It was Bailey's second blown save in the last four games and fourth of the season.
     
David Ortiz had given the Red Sox a 3-2 lead with a run-scoring single in the eighth, scoring Shane Victorino from second base. Earlier,  Ortiz had belted his 15th homer of the season, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead in the fourth. The two RBI gave Ortiz 54 RBI in just 56 games.
     
The other Red Sox run came in the fifth when Jose Iglesias tripled and rode home on a soft line single to center by Jacoby
Ellsbury.
     
Bailey's blown save cost John Lackey a chance to even his record at 5-5. Lackey held Detroit to two runs on seven hits in seven innings.  It marked Lackey's sixth quality start in his last seven outings, during which he's compiled a 2.42 ERA.
     
Both runs off Lackey came in the fifth when a walk, a single to right, an infield roller to third and a blooper to right plated
two.
     
Koji Uehara pitched a perfect eighth, getting the ball and the lead to the beleaguered Bailey.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jhonny Peralta
It doesn't get much more dramatic than a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. That's what Peralta did to Andrew Bailey and the Red Sox. Until the ninth, he had been 0-for-3 and made the final out in two of his at-bats, but made it up for it with one swing.

HONORABLE MENTION: John Lackey
Lackey deserved a better fate on this night, having limited a dangerous Detroit lineup to just two runs on seven hits through the first seven innings. Even the two runs he allowed came courtesy of a roller in the outfielder and a bloop single to right. Lackey has had quality starts in six of his last seven outings.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Andrew Bailey
Bailey blew his second save in the last 48 hours when he gave up the two-run shot to Peralta. In the process, it seems he's also given up the closer's title, at least for the time being.

TURNING POINT: When Bailey issued a walk to Victor Martinez, that's when trouble began. It marked the fourth straight appearance in which Bailey put the leadoff man on base.

BY THE NUMBERS: David Ortiz knocked in two runs and how has 54 RBI in just 56 games. Since Ortiz was activated in the third week of April, he leads the American League in RBI.

QUOTE OF NOTE: ''Yeah, I think so.'' John Farrell, when asked if he has to consider other closing options in the wake of Bailey's struggles.