Tigers break streak, best Sox, 7-3

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Tigers break streak, best Sox, 7-3

BOSTON -- The Red Sox' attempt to complete a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers came up short on Thursday night at Fenway Park, as Josh Beckett picked up his fifth loss of the season while allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in seven innings.
Max Scherzer won his fifth game of the year, allowing just three runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings.
The Red Sox had initially jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to a lead-off solo home run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and then a two-out RBI double to deep center field by Scott Podsednik.
The Tigers answered with three runs off Beckett in the top of the third, with Pricnce Fielder's two-out single up the middle scoring the go-ahead run and giving Detroit a 3-2 lead.
The Red Sox quickly answered that by tying the game at 3-3 on a Saltalamacchia two-out single up the middle that drove in Kevin Youkilis, who doubled with two outs down the left-field line.
Detroit scored the game-winning run in the top of the fifth, as Miguel Cabrera drove in Quintin Berry from third with a single to right-center. The story though, was how Berry got to third. He got on base with a bunt single down the third-base line, and then while stealing second, Saltalamacchia's throw hit him as he dove and went into left field, sending Berry to third easily.
Cabrera's single gave the Tigers their fourth and final run off Beckett, and ended up being all the needed.
The Tigers added three more runs against the Red Sox bullpen in the eighth and ninth innings, resulting in a 7-3 win.

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

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Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.