Tigers break streak, best Sox, 7-3


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.

David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment


David Price improves command, indicates he's pitching through ailment

BOSTON — David Price and Rick Porcello showed improvement on back-to-back nights Friday and Saturday, important signs for the Red Sox after a difficult month for both pitchers prior to this homestand.

Price on Saturday night went six innings and allowed three runs, two earned, in a 6-3 loss to the Angels. He fanned five and his velocity has been consistently better this year than last year.

But the most important number was his walk total: one. He walked three batters in his previous start, and four in both of his starts prior.

“Two outings ago, the first start here in Fenway,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “There was better timing in his delivery and overall better separation over the rubber. And he carried that through I thought, even though there's a higher pitch count in Houston, and has been able to maintain it here. I can't say there was one specific thing. It's been more the timing over the rubber. And you're seeing him pitch out of the stretch exclusively. Just less moving parts in a better position to repeat it.”

After Price’s final inning, the telecast captured Price calling pitching coach Carl Willis into the tunnel. Neither Farrell nor Price detailed the conversation. 

“Yeah, everything was fine,” Farrell said of the conversation. “Everything is OK there.”

Price made it sound like he’s dealing with some sort of physical ailment, but was vague.

“There's a lot of stuff going on right now,” the pitcher said when asked about the desire to stay out there. “You don't want it to linger into the next start, or two or three weeks from now, and that's why we did what we did.”

Asked to elaborate, Price reinforced that the decision was to save his body for another day.

“You never want to come out of a game. But you have to look forward at the time,” Price said. “You don’t want today to cost you your next start or you know, the start after that. So that’s what happened.

“It has nothing to do with my elbow or anything like that. This is — you get past one thing and there’s another So that’s what it is.”

Price in New York in early June felt a blister develop on his ring finger. He missed an in-between start bullpen because of it.

Asked about the blister Saturday, Price said, “That one’s gone.”

Farrell indicated the blister was diminished, if not entirely gone.

“He's been dealing with that,” Farrell said. “I think while it's still present and maybe not as severe as it was when it first happened, I'm sure he's going to check on it occasionally."

Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels


Red Sox threaten late, but can't come back in 6-3 loss to Angels

BOSTON - JC Ramirez rebounded from his shortest career start with six solid innings, Cameron Maybin doubled home a run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Boston Red Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

The Angels look for their fifth series win in their last six on Sunday.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who lost for only the third time in their last 13 home games.

Ramirez (7-5) allowed one run and four hits with five strikeouts after lasting just three innings and giving up five runs in his previous start.

Blake Parker struck out pinch-hitter Chris Young with the bases loaded for the final out for his first save of the season after Boston scored twice in the ninth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by third-base umpire and crew chief Bill Miller after Fernando Abad was called for a balk, scoring a run that made it 5-1 in the seventh.