Detroit at Boston

W: J. Papelbon (4-4) L: B. Thomas (4-1)
HR: DET - None   BOS - None

Red Sox recover from blown lead, win on Tigers error in ninth wire reports

BOSTON -- The Red Sox can afford to forget that Jonathan Papelbon blew a three-run lead and cost Clay Buchholz a well-earned win.

These days, nothing before the bottom of the ninth matters in Boston.

For the second straight day, the Red Sox rallied against a depleted Detroit bullpen for a walk-off win, beating the Tigers 4-3 on Sunday when pitcher Robbie Weinhardt threw away Marco Scutaro's bunt and allowed the winning run to score.

"It's not the way we wanted to win," said Eric Patterson, who walked in the ninth to move the winning run into scoring position. "But we got it done. It doesn't matter."

Papelbon (4-4) got the victory despite giving up Miguel Cabrera's two-run double and a game-tying single by Jhonny Peralta in the ninth.

Brad Thomas (4-1) allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk in one inning plus two batters. He pitched a scoreless eighth, then gave up Jed Lowrie's single to lead off the ninth and walked Patterson before Weinhardt came on to relieve him.

Scutaro laid down a bunt to the third-base side; Weinhardt fielded it, but his throw to first was far wide to the infield side of the bag for an error. Scutaro, credited with a single, raised his hands when he saw the ball roll up the line in front of him, and for the second game in a row the Red Sox were celebrating a victory in their last at-bat.

David Ortiz hit a game-ending, three-run double on Saturday; in both games the Tigers were without closer Jose Valverde, who threw 60 pitches Friday night in a game Detroit had led 6-1. In the three-game series, the Red Sox scored eight ninth-inning runs.

"I forgot about yesterday. It seemed like a long time ago," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "[We] just play, play till it's over. That's the whole idea. I don't think that's ever been an issue."

The Red Sox were coasting behind Buchholz, who outpitched fellow All-Star Justin Verlander and took a two-hit shutout into the ninth -- only one Detroit baserunner had even reached second base. But Will Rhymes led off the inning with a bad-hop single, then Ryan Raburn worked an eight-pitch walk to bring up Cabrera.

He lined Papelbon's first pitch off the center-field wall, about 3 feet from the top and just to the right of the 379-foot marker. Rhymes and Raburn scored, then pinch-runner Don Kelly scored when Peralta singled one out later.

"This was kind of a weird game. We looked like we didn't have much of a shot, [then] got back into it," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't want to see anybody with their heads down. They're playing their fannies off. We're just playing well enough to get beat, and that's not good."

Buchholz was charged with two runs on three hits and four walks. He struck out five in eight-plus innings.

Adrian Beltre had a pair of hits for Boston, which has won seven of 10.

Boston made it 1-0 on an RBI single by Patterson in the second, then took a 3-0 lead in the third when Beltre hit an RBI single and recent call-up Ryan Kalish added a sacrifice fly.

Verlander allowed three runs on six hits and three walks, striking out eight while throwing 123 pitches over seven innings. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in six consecutive starts.


  • Ex-Red Sox star Johnny Damon missed the entire series for Detroit with back pain.
  • Verlander's previous appearance was a 3-2 complete-game loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
  • Scutaro reached with a single in the first inning when shortstop Ramon Santiago lost his popup in the sun.
  • Cabrera has 32 RBI in his last 31 games.
  • Papelbon has five blown saves this season.
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Marco Scutaro's sacrifice bunt in the ninth turns out to be the game winner for the Red Sox.  (AP)
Marco Scutaro's sacrifice bunt in the ninth turns out to be the game winner for the Red Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Buchholz
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 4
K 5

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF4000010 .306
Will Rhymes, 2B3110100 .281
Ryan Raburn, LF3110121 .213
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3012111 .351
    Don Kelly, PR-1B0100000 .198
Brennan Boesch, RF4000012 .291
Jhonny Peralta, 3B4021011 .252
Jeff Frazier, DH4000003 .182
Alex Avila, C2000101 .207
Ramon Santiago, SS3000001 .274
2B - Miguel Cabrera (36, Papelbon), Jhonny Peralta (24, Buchholz)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (93), Jhonny Peralta (47)
Team LOB - 4
E - Robbie Weinhardt (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander 7633380 3.74
Brad Thomas (L,4-1) 1210110 4.30
Robbie Weinhardt0100000 3.86
WP - Justin Verlander (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 121-80, Brad Thomas 25-17, Robbie Weinhardt 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 2-11, Brad Thomas 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 30, Brad Thomas 6, Robbie Weinhardt 1
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS5020012 .283
J.D. Drew, RF3000112 .267
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4110012 .307
David Ortiz, DH3110122 .258
Victor Martinez, C4000005 .288
Adrian Beltre, 3B4121011 .333
Ryan Kalish, LF3001012 .286
Jed Lowrie, 2B3020100 .296
    Darnell McDonald, PR0100000 .261
Eric Patterson, CF3011122 .214
SF - Ryan Kalish (1)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (66), Ryan Kalish (2), Eric Patterson (15)
SB - Marco Scutaro (3, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Scutaro-Lowrie-Youkilis, Beltre-Lowrie-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz 8322450 2.68
Jonathan Papelbon (BS,5; W,4-4) 1211010 3.05
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 109-66, Jonathan Papelbon 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 10-8, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 30, Jonathan Papelbon 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37479
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Dan Iassogna