BOSTON Aaron Cook allowed five runs in the fifth, including back-to-back home runs, as the Red Sox dropped their series and season finale to the Tigers, 7-5, Wednesday night at Fenway Park.Cook handled the Tigers with relative ease through the first three innings, giving up just two hits a first-inning Miguel Cabrera single, and a third-inning Ramon Santiago single.The Sox offense gave him a one-run lead in the first. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double down the first base line against Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello. Ellsbury took third on Dustin Pedroias fly out to center, scoring on Cody Ross single to right.But, Cook began to struggle in the fourth. He hit Quintin Berry with a pitch to open the inning. With Cabrera at bat, Cook picked Berry off first and then got Cabrera to fly out to Ryan Kalish in right field. But Prince Fielder doubled off the wall in left, scoring on Brennan Boeschs single to center.Cook unraveled in the fifth. He gave up consecutive singles to Alex Aviles and Jhonny Peralta to open the inning. Each moved up on Santiagos sacrifice bunt. Avila scored on Austin Jacksons single to left with Peralta scoring on Berrys groundout. Jackson moved up to third when Cook unleashed a wild pitch, but that quickly became moot when Cabrera launched a titanic shot over the Green Monster, scoring Jackson, for his 26th home run of the season. On Cooks next pitch Fielder homered into the first row of seats in the center field bleachers.That ended Cooks outing, bringing in new acquisition Craig Breslow. It was his first appearance with the Sox since Sept. 29, 2006. Breslow struck out Brennan Boesch on three pitches to end the inning.Cook went 4 23 innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, two home runs, a hit batter, and a wild pitch with no walks or strikeouts. He took the loss, falling to 2-5, as his ERA rose from 4.50 to 5.24.The Sox got three runs in the sixth to cut their deficit to 6-4. Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Cody Ross each singled to open the inning, loading the bases. Jarrod Saltalamacchia ground into a double play, erasing Ross, scoring Pedroia. Gonzalez scored on Will Middlebrooks single to right. A walk to Ryan Kalish ended Porcellos outing. Left-hander Phil Coke entered, giving up a single to Pedro Ciriaco, scoring Middlebrooks, before Jacoby Ellsbury struck out to end the inning.The Tigers added a run in the eighth when Delmon Young solo a solo home run around the Pesky Pole off Andrew Miller, putting the Tigers up, 7-5.Cook got the win, going 5 23 innigns, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He improved to 8-6.Jose Valverde pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save.
Cook, Red Sox fall to Tigers, 7-5
August 2, 2012, 2:53 am