Detroit at Boston

W: J. Verlander (4-1) L: T. Wakefield (4-4)
HR: DET - B. Inge (6), M. Ordonez (8)   BOS - K. Youkilis (4)

Tigers 7, Red Sox 2

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- The Detroit Tigers had lost two games in a row, and Justin Verlander considered it his job to keep the streak from reaching three.

"Absolutely. We lost our last two games, and I really just wanted to go out there and make a statement," he said Tuesday night after leading the Tigers to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. "Everybody on this team can play that role. I just happened to be the guy today."

Verlander (4-1) allowed two runs and six hits over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven before leaving the game when Kevin Youkilis hit a solo home run in the eighth. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year, Verlander has allowed four earned runs in four road starts this season.

"We needed something like that, and he gave it to us," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "They're one of the best teams in baseball, but hopefully they're feeling the same way about us."

Brandon Inge and Magglio Ordonez homered to cool off Tim Wakefield (4-4), and Ivan Rodriguez had three hits for Detroit. The Tigers have won 12 of their last 15 games despite losing their previous two, including Monday's 7-1 loss to Boston in Daisuke Matsuzaka's first major league complete game.

Detroit faced another strong pitcher in Wakefield, who was leading the AL in opponents' batting average, second in the league in ERA and hadn't allow a run in his two previous starts. But the Red Sox failed to give him any support, again: They have scored just 10 runs in his last 15 losses while he was in the game.

Inge hit a solo homer in the third to snap Wakefield's shutout streak at 16 innings. After Curtis Granderson and Gary Sheffield singled, Ordonez homered over the Green Monster to make it 4-1.

"Ordonez had one good swing, and all of a sudden they had four runs on the board," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We all respect what (Wakefield) has done, and he has been spectacular."

Ordonez is 15-for-33 against Wakefield in his career and batting .369 (94-for-255) against the Red Sox with 13 homers and 54 RBI in 68 games.

"My history against Ordonez is not very good," Wakefield said. "Understanding (that), I still have to pitch to him."

J.D. Drew bruised his lower back when he banged into the bullpen wall going after Inge's homer, and he left the game after seven.

"His lower back is a little sore," Francona said. "We will evaluate him again tomorrow."

Wakefield allowed a season-high five runs and nine hits with a walk. He struck out four and left after walking Sheffield to start the eighth. Rodriguez doubled two outs later to make it 5-1, then Craig Monroe and Sean Casey hit consecutive RBI singles.

Boston had won three in a row and seven of its last eight.


Wakefield's ERA went from 1.79 to 2.41. ... The Red Sox have sold out 325 consecutive home games, a streak that began four years ago, on May 15, 2003. ... Boston RHP Josh Beckett threw off a mound before Tuesday night's game, and the Red Sox were encouraged by his progress healing from a flap of skin on his right middle finger. ... Matsuzaka's complete game was the first by a Red Sox pitcher since Sept. 22 and the first by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park since April 15, 2006. ... C Doug Mirabelli caught Sheffield's foul pop with his bare hand after it popped out of his glove. ... Verlander threw a season-high 120 pitches. ... The Red Sox went 49 innings without hitting a homer before Youkilis' shot.

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Players of the Game

M. Ordonez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Verlander
IP 7.2
H 6
ER 2
BB 0
K 7

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Curtis Granderson, CF5120012 .280
Placido Polanco, 2B4000111 .327
Gary Sheffield, DH4210101 .241
Magglio Ordonez, RF5123012 .343
Carlos Guillen, SS4000002 .311
Ivan Rodriguez, C4131000 .254
Craig Monroe, LF4111022 .246
Marcus Thames, 1B3000011 .200
    Sean Casey, 1B1011000 .237
Brandon Inge, 3B4121011 .222
2B - Ivan Rodriguez (7, Donnelly)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (8, Wakefield), Brandon Inge (6, Wakefield)
RBI - Magglio Ordonez 3 (37), Ivan Rodriguez (16), Craig Monroe (25), Sean Casey (6), Brandon Inge (14)
2-OUT RBI - Magglio Ordonez 3 (12), Ivan Rodriguez (12), Craig Monroe (14), Sean Casey (3)
SB - Curtis Granderson (6, 2nd base off Wakefield/Mirabelli)
Team LOB - 6
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (W,4-1) 7.2622071 2.76
Fernando Rodney 1.1200010 4.74
WP - Justin Verlander (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 120-79, Fernando Rodney 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 8-8, Fernando Rodney 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Fernando Rodney 6
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS4000010 .258
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4221000 .333
David Ortiz, DH4010011 .313
Manny Ramirez, LF4010011 .248
J.D. Drew, RF3011011 .250
    Eric Hinske, RF1010000 .206
Mike Lowell, 3B4010013 .316
Coco Crisp, CF4010011 .231
Doug Mirabelli, C4000012 .241
Alex Cora, 2B3000010 .392
2B - David Ortiz (16, Verlander), Eric Hinske (3, Rodney)
HR - Kevin Youkilis (4, Verlander)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis (18), J.D. Drew (13)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (6), J.D. Drew (7)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Manny Ramirez 1
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (L,4-4) 7955142 2.41
Brendan Donnelly 0.2322000 2.61
Kyle Snyder 1.1000130 1.98
WP - Tim Wakefield (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 105-72, Brendan Donnelly 20-13, Kyle Snyder 27-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 8-8
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 30, Brendan Donnelly 5, Kyle Snyder 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37031
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Rob Drake