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Pudge punches RBI single to lift Tigers over BoSox in 13th

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- For most players, a game-winning single in the 13th inning would be a source of joy.

For Ivan Rodriguez, though, the overwhelming feeling on Saturday night was relief.

Rodriguez's two-out single off Jonathan Papelbon gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

It also meant Rodriguez was done squatting behind home plate after nearly 4½ hours.

"I had caught 13 innings, and I was really tired," Rodriguez said. "That guy's not easy to hit, but I just wanted to drive something."

David Ortiz reached base six times for Boston -- a homer, double and four walks. He was intentionally walked in each of his final three plate appearances.

"I don't mind taking walks -- that's always been part of my game," he said. "I just have to be patient and wait for the right situation. I saw my pitch once tonight and I didn't miss it."

The Red Sox, though, didn't give Ortiz any help, leaving a dozen runners on base. Boston was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position after Ortiz's first-inning homer.

"This is frustrating after a long night," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We need to make a quick turnaround for tomorrow afternoon."

While the Tigers avoided their 1,000th defeat to the Red Sox, they did lose All-Star second baseman Placido Polanco in the eighth inning to a strained ribcage muscle. His status is day-to-day.

Papelbon (0-2) hit Gary Sheffield to start the 13th, and with one out, Sheffield stole second.

Carlos Guillen took a called third strike, but Rodriguez lined a 1-0 pitch into the right-center field gap.

The 14-time All-Star thought the game was over, but Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp nearly made a spectacular diving catch.

"He made it close -- it hit off his glove," Rodriguez said. "I hit that ball pretty hard, but he almost got it. That would have been a great play."

Jason Grilli (3-2), the sixth Tigers pitcher, got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

"That was two great teams battling tooth and nail all night," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I'm just glad we got one more run than they did."

Todd Jones got out of a 10th-inning jam when Manny Ramirez grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners, but All-Star Hideki Okajima matched him in the bottom of the inning.

The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out, but Okajima got Curtis Granderson to ground into a force at the plate, and Omar Infante lined out to end the inning.

Detroit loaded the bases again in the 11th, but Craig Monroe popped out to end the inning.

In the 12th, it was Boston's turn as pinch-hitter Kevin Youkilis flew out with two outs and the bases loaded.

The game drew a crowd of 44,193 -- the second-largest in Comerica Park's eight-year history and the largest for a night game.

Neither starter got a decision. Detroit's Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs in eight innings, striking out nine, while Kason Gabbard gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Bonderman has struggled all season at the start of games, and the Red Sox took advantage in the first. With one out, Dustin Pedroia tripled and Ortiz followed with a long homer to right, ending a 13-game drought.

Gabbard walked the first two batters in the fifth, and Rodriguez moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Hinske reached over the tarp to grab Marcus Thames' foul pop, but Monroe broke out of a slump with a two-run double over the head of Ramirez in left.

"I don't care about myself," Monroe said. "I just care that we got a big win."

Boston had several chances to go back in front, but couldn't get a key hit.

Ortiz led off the sixth with a double and Ramirez flew out to deep center, with Ortiz taking third, but Bonderman retired J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell to end the inning.

In the eighth, Pedroia doubled with one out. Ortiz was walked, and Ramirez hit into a force before Drew struck out again.

Crisp led off the 10th with a double. Julio Lugo failed twice to get down a bunt, but succeeded in getting the runner to third with a groundout to short.

The Tigers then intentionally walked Ortiz for the second time, and Ramirez grounded to Brandon Inge again, this time for a 5-4-3 double play.

"That was great pitching," Ortiz said. "They had everyone coming out of the bullpen."

Notes

  • This year's opener against Toronto drew a stadium-record 44,297 fans. Saturday's sellout was the eighth straight, the longest streak in stadium history.
  • Ortiz went 2-for-2 against Bonderman after coming into the game with a career .105 (2-for-19) mark against the Tigers pitcher.
  • Opposing hitters are batting .373 against Bonderman in the first inning.
  • The Red Sox are now 999-940 against Detroit.
 
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Ivan Rodriguez singles in the winning run in the 13th inning to end a 4 1/2-hour game.  (US Presswire)
Ivan Rodriguez singles in the winning run in the 13th inning to end a 4 1/2-hour game. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Detroit

J. Bonderman
IP 8.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 3
K 9
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
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Dustin Pedroia, 2B4120001 .319
    Julio Lugo, PR-SS2000012 .189
David Ortiz, DH2122400 .317
Manny Ramirez, LF4000204 .285
J.D. Drew, RF5010023 .262
   a- Kevin Youkilis, PH1000003 .328
    Wily Mo Pena, RF0000000 .216
Mike Lowell, 3B6000013 .301
Jason Varitek, C6030033 .279
Eric Hinske, 1B4000022 .193
   b- Jeff Bailey, PH-1B2000001 .000
Alex Cora, SS-2B5010011 .278
Totals462112612  
a-flied out for Drew in the 12th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Hinske in the 11th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp (14, T. Jones), Dustin Pedroia (21, Bonderman), David Ortiz (29, Bonderman)
3B - Dustin Pedroia (1, Bonderman)
HR - David Ortiz (14, Bonderman)
SH - Coco Crisp (6)
RBI - David Ortiz 2 (51)
CS - Mike Lowell (1, 2nd base by Bonderman/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Hinske
Boston Red Sox
Kason Gabbard 6.1322230 4.87
Manny Delcarmen 1.1000020 1.69
Hideki Okajima 2.1200200 0.83
Mike Timlin 1.1100200 4.76
Javier Lopez 0.2000010 3.13
Jonathan Papelbon (L,0-2) 0.2111010 1.93
IBB - Inge by Hideki Okajima
HBP - Sheffield (by Jonathan Papelbon)
Pitches-Strikes - Kason Gabbard 94-54, Manny Delcarmen 18-12, Hideki Okajima 38-20, Mike Timlin 27-14, Javier Lopez 5-4, Jonathan Papelbon 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kason Gabbard 7-8, Manny Delcarmen 1-1, Hideki Okajima 3-4, Mike Timlin 3-1, Javier Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Kason Gabbard 23, Manny Delcarmen 4, Hideki Okajima 11, Mike Timlin 7, Javier Lopez 2, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6000023 .284
Placido Polanco, 2B3000000 .335
    Omar Infante, 2B3000003 .292
Gary Sheffield, DH5100000 .297
Magglio Ordonez, RF4110201 .367
Carlos Guillen, SS4110213 .325
Ivan Rodriguez, C6031002 .289
Marcus Thames, 1B4010103 .244
Craig Monroe, LF4012023 .219
Brandon Inge, 3B4000121 .247
Totals4337367  
Batting
2B - Craig Monroe (18, Gabbard)
SH - Craig Monroe (1)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (46), Craig Monroe 2 (44)
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (28), Craig Monroe 2 (21)
SB - Gary Sheffield (12, 2nd base off Papelbon/Varitek), Carlos Guillen (7, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Thames, Rodriguez-Guillen, Thames-Guillen-Bonderman, Inge-Infante-Thames
E - Carlos Guillen (15, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman 8722391 3.48
Todd Jones 2200110 5.35
Macay McBride 0.2100000 3.72
Zach Miner 1100210 1.69
Bobby Seay 0.1000000 3.52
Jason Grilli (W,3-2) 1000010 5.95
IBB - Ortiz by Jeremy Bonderman, Ortiz by Todd Jones, Ortiz by Zach Miner
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 114-73, Todd Jones 22-15, Macay McBride 13-6, Zach Miner 21-9, Bobby Seay 4-4, Jason Grilli 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 7-6, Todd Jones 4-0, Macay McBride 1-1, Zach Miner 2-0, Jason Grilli 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 32, Todd Jones 8, Macay McBride 3, Zach Miner 6, Bobby Seay 1, Jason Grilli 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44193
Game Time - 4:28
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Jim Joyce