Tigers shred Red Sox, 10-3

Tigers shred Red Sox, 10-3
June 22, 2013, 10:15 pm
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DETROIT -- This was originally supposed to be a matchup between two undefeated aces -- Clay Buchholz (9-0) vs. Max Scherzer (10-0).    

But with Buchholz still sidelined with a neck injury, the Sox went with rookie Allen Webster for the spot start and he was no match at all for Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers.    

Handed a 2-0 lead before he took the mound, Webster surrendered a first-inning grand slam to Victor Martinez and was chased in the fifth inning as the Tigers outclassed the Red Sox, 10-3.    

Webster was charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings and saw his record drop to 0-2. After a strong major league debut debut in April against Kansas City, Webster has been pounded for 13 runs on 14 hits in just six innings over two appearances.    

Martinez later added a run-scoring double to give him five RBI for the night. Omar Infante added a two-run homer off reliever Franklin Morales in the seventh. Morales, too, was ineffective, knocked around for four runs in 2 1/3 innings.    

Scherzer, meanwhile, improved to 11-0. After giving up a solo homer to David Ortiz in the first, he allowed just three more baserunners over his final six innings.    

Jose Iglesias was one of three Red Sox players with two-hit games, boosting his average to .438 for the season.


STAR OF THE GAME: Max Scherzer
Scherzer upped his record to 11-0, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit to settle down and blank the Red Sox over his final six innings of work. Scherzer fanned six and didn't walk a single batter.

The former Red Sox DH/catcher made his ex-teammates pay with a big night. Martinez reached base in each one of his five plate appearances (two walks, grand slam, double) and knocked in half of Detroit's 10 runs.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Allen Webster
Webster's start was a slight improvement over his last one, but that's not saying much. He gave back a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and couldn't get through the fifth inning as his major league record dipped to 0-2.

TURNING POINT: The pitch to Martinez effectively put the game away for the Tigers, since the Red Sox never threatened Scherzer after the first inning.

BY THE NUMBERS: David Ortiz hit his 18th career homer at Comerica in the first inning, the most for any opposing player in the park's history.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "The four runs given back in the first inning kind of set the tone for the evening.'' John Farrell on Webster.