Boston at Detroit

W: T. Jones (1-0) L: J. Papelbon (2-1)
HR: BOS - K. Youkilis (5), K. Youkilis (6), M. Lowell (2)   DET - None

Polanco caps Tigers rally against BoSox's Papelbon wire reports

DETROIT -- The reeling Detroit Tigers looked like they were finally going to break out of their funk against Boston, scoring runs like they were expected to and pitching just good enough to win.

Then the Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to set up Detroit for perhaps its most disheartening loss in a season already full of them.

Just when it seemed safe to count the Tigers out, they won for the first time in 20 chances when trailing after eight innings.

Placido Polanco hit a broken-bat, tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon to lift Detroit to a 10-9 victory against Boston on Wednesday night.

"It tells you a lot about our team," Polanco said. "We had some really tough at-bats against Papelbon to make something happen."

Boston had everything set up for its sixth consecutive win, rallying from an 8-4 deficit with its star closer on the mound. But Papelbon (2-1) blew his first save in 11 chances by allowing two unearned runs.

"We didn't get many breaks," Papelbon said. "When they get little breaks like that, they're going to make you pay for it."

Detroit had a season-high 18 hits, the most Boston has allowed this year.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff single off Papelbon in the ninth and shortstop Julio Lugo's fielding error on Edgar Renteria's grounder created a jam.

"I thought I had a chance to go to second," Lugo said. "I bobbled the ball."

After Curtis Granderson's RBI groundout, Polanco blooped one over a leaping Lugo for his season-high fifth hit and Renteria trotted home with the winning run.

"I was just trying to put it in play and I was glad it just went over Lugo's head," Polanco said.

Todd Jones (1-0) pitched the ninth for Detroit, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

"I don't believe in momentum, but if we go on and do good, we might look back and say that was a big win," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Kevin Youkilis hit two home runs, Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer in the seventh and pinch-hitter Dustin Pedroia had a tiebreaking single in the eighth for the Red Sox in a rally that went all for naught.

The Red Sox trailed 8-4 after five innings.

"We had a great comeback and we couldn't finish it," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

Youkilis has seven homers at Comerica Park, five more than he has at any venue as a visitor. The only other time he hit two home runs in a game was -- naturally -- in Detroit on Aug. 8, 2004.

Gary Sheffield had a season-high three hits, helping the Tigers score eight runs through five innings against starter Clay Buchholz and Julian Tavarez.

Detroit went ahead 4-0 in the third -- scoring more than it did in the previous two losses to Boston -- and added four more runs over the next two innings.

It wasn't enough to hold off the Red Sox.

Detroit starter Armando Galarraga gave up five runs, seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The rookie, who went into the rotation when Dontrelle Willis went on the disabled list, matched a career high with six strikeouts and walked only one in his fifth start.

Just when Galarraga seemed to be finding a groove, striking out David Ortiz looking and Manny Ramirez swinging, Youkilis hit a 387-foot shot to left in the fourth inning.

Buchholz yielded a season-high 10 hits, five runs and struck out six over four innings, getting one more out than his season low.


  • Red Sox RHP Curt Schilling is expected to play catch on flat ground Thursday, testing his ailing shoulder as he did Tuesday.
  • Willis, who had a rehab start last week, is expected to pitch in the bullpen this weekend.
  • Boston IF Alex Cora (right elbow sprain) began a rehab assignment Wednesday and was 2-for-4 with a run in seven innings at Triple A-Pawtucket.
  • Red Sox RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, who pitched with a cold Monday night, was feeling better Wednesday and is expected to have a higher pitch count Saturday at Minnesota.
  • The game started only a minute late -- quite a feat with the heavy rain that soaked the field and created ponds on the tarp. But the game took 3 hours and 55 minutes to finish.
  • Sheffield's RBI single in the third was the 1,582nd of his career, pulling him within one of former Tiger and Hall of Famer Al Kaline for 35th on the all-time list.
  • Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury had two stolen bases and is 22-for-22 in his career, the best start by a Red Sox rookie since 1920. The Red Sox have been successful in their past 20 steal attempts.
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Placido Polanco completes his 5-for-6 night with a two-out, game-winning RBI single in the ninth.  (AP)
Placido Polanco completes his 5-for-6 night with a two-out, game-winning RBI single in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

P. Polanco
AB 6
R 2
H 5
HR 0

M. Lowell
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF-LF5220024 .281
Jed Lowrie, 2B3001003 .263
   a- Dustin Pedroia, PH-2B1011000 .304
David Ortiz, DH5021013 .233
Manny Ramirez, LF4100112 .316
    Coco Crisp, CF0000000 .290
Mike Lowell, 3B5233000 .250
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5223031 .317
J.D. Drew, RF3110210 .281
Jason Varitek, C4100114 .247
Julio Lugo, SS2010101 .293
a-singled for Lowrie in the 8th
2B - David Ortiz (5, Galarraga), Mike Lowell (6, T. Jones), J.D. Drew (4, Seay), Julio Lugo (7, Galarraga)
HR - Mike Lowell (2, Cruceta), Kevin Youkilis 2 (6, Galarraga, Galarraga)
SF - Jed Lowrie (2)
RBI - Jed Lowrie (6), Dustin Pedroia (19), David Ortiz (28), Mike Lowell 3 (5), Kevin Youkilis 3 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (9), David Ortiz (13), Mike Lowell 3 (3), Kevin Youkilis 2 (9)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (13, 2nd base off Galarraga/Rodriguez, 2nd base off Miner/Rodriguez), J.D. Drew (1, 2nd base off Cruceta/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Varitek-Lowell
E - Julio Lugo (10, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz 41055160 4.50
Julian Tavarez 1433000 7.15
David Aardsma 1000200 2.70
Javier Lopez 1000000 3.46
Hideki Okajima (H,7) 1200010 0.60
Jonathan Papelbon (BS,1; L,2-1) 0.2220000 1.59
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 82-51, Julian Tavarez 17-12, David Aardsma 31-18, Javier Lopez 15-12, Hideki Okajima 15-11, Jonathan Papelbon 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 3-3, Julian Tavarez 2-1, David Aardsma 1-2, Javier Lopez 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon 3-0
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 23, Julian Tavarez 7, David Aardsma 5, Javier Lopez 3, Hideki Okajima 4, Jonathan Papelbon 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF6001032 .273
Placido Polanco, 2B6253000 .270
Carlos Guillen, 3B5121012 .315
Magglio Ordonez, RF5131001 .305
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3010212 .260
Gary Sheffield, LF4131112 .202
Matt Joyce, DH5121013 .286
    Ryan Raburn, PR-DH0100000 .238
Edgar Renteria, SS4100005 .280
Ivan Rodriguez, C4222000 .252
2B - Placido Polanco (7, Buchholz), Ivan Rodriguez (10, Tavarez)
SH - Edgar Renteria (1), Ivan Rodriguez (2)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (10), Placido Polanco 3 (12), Carlos Guillen (14), Magglio Ordonez (24), Gary Sheffield (6), Matt Joyce (1), Ivan Rodriguez 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (5), Magglio Ordonez (13)
CS - Magglio Ordonez (1, 3rd base by Okajima/Varitek)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Renteria-Polanco-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga 5.1755162 3.07
Bobby Seay (H,2) 0.1100000 2.79
Zach Miner (H,2) 1122100 9.33
Francisco Cruceta (BS,1) 1.1222221 4.91
Todd Jones (W,1-0) 1100110 2.77
IBB - Drew by Todd Jones
HBP - Lugo (by Armando Galarraga)
WP - Francisco Cruceta (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 88-59, Bobby Seay 6-6, Zach Miner 22-10, Francisco Cruceta 33-17, Todd Jones 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 4-5, Bobby Seay 1-0, Zach Miner 3-0, Francisco Cruceta 1-1, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 24, Bobby Seay 2, Zach Miner 5, Francisco Cruceta 8, Todd Jones 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38062
Game Time - 3:55
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth