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Tigers' Scherzer stops Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Max Scherzer and Delmon Young helped the Detroit Tigers head home on a positive note.

Scherzer pitched into the seventh inning, Young hit a home run and the Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game series sweep.

Detroit went 10-14 during a grueling stretch of 19 of 24 on the road and return home to open a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Friday night.

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"Going on the road sometimes is a good thing for the bonding aspect, but it will be nice to get back to Comerica [Park]," Scherzer said. "We didn't want to get swept."

Scherzer (5-3) retired nine consecutive batters before Nick Punto led off the seventh with a walk, forcing the right-hander from the game after 117 pitches. He allowed three runs and seven hits in his third consecutive victory, closing out a strong May.

"We just let him off the hook," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "Heck, we had his pitch count up in the 80s after four innings and we were having good at-bats. Just kind of let it slip away."

Young hit a solo drive in the eighth to make it 5-3, then added a run-scoring single in the ninth.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 10th home run for Boston, which was seeking its first four-game sweep against the Tigers since 2004. Josh Beckett (4-4) allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings.

The Red Sox opened May with eight losses in nine games to drop to 12-19 on the year. But they closed out the month with a 14-6 run to pull within three of the division lead.

Young and Quintin Berry each had three hits for Detroit, which finished with 14 overall. Berry also scored two runs and stole two bases.

"I got back to playing my game tonight on the bases," Berry said.

Saltalamacchia connected in the second inning, and Scott Podsednik doubled in Ryan Sweeney to make it 2-0. Detroit responded with three runs in the third, capped by Prince Fielder's two-out RBI single.

Saltalamacchia tied it with a two-out RBI single in bottom half. But the Tigers grabbed the lead for good when Miguel Cabrera singled in Berry in the fifth.

Beckett had allowed three runs in 21 2/3 innings over his previous three starts, but he struggled once again with the Tigers. He gave up seven runs, including five home runs, in 4 2/3 innings on opening day in Detroit.

"I made some pitches when I needed to and I didn't make some other ones, Beckett said. "We kind of talk about this a lot, you're going to have five pitches in a game that you have to make, and I think I made three of them today. The other two it cost me three runs in one inning."

The burly Fielder also tripled in Cabrera in the ninth.

The Tigers threatened to score in the second inning after Young singled and Alex Avila followed with a double, but Sweeney caught Jhonny Peralta's fly ball to right and doubled up Young trying to score from third.

Notes

  • C Avila left in the third for precautionary reasons after getting hit in the helmet with a foul ball but he had no symptoms of a concussion.
  • Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens was ejected in the first inning by first base umpire Jeff Nelson for arguing a questionable out call of a Brennan Boesch groundout.
  • Saltalamacchia's sixth home run in his past 15 games was his most ever in the same month.
  • Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez had his 10-game hitting streak snapped.
  • Boston lost to Detroit for the first time in eight games.
 
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Prince Fielder shares a laugh with third-base coach Gene Lamont after hitting a triple in the ninth inning. He later scores.  (Getty Images)
Prince Fielder shares a laugh with third-base coach Gene Lamont after hitting a triple in the ninth inning. He later scores. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

D. Young
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

J. Saltalamacchia
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Quintin Berry, CF5231000 .333
Brennan Boesch, RF4001001 .238
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5121002 .317
Prince Fielder, 1B4122100 .321
Delmon Young, DH5132002 .256
Alex Avila, C1010000 .254
    Gerald Laird, C4010001 .304
Jhonny Peralta, SS3000112 .239
Don Kelly, LF3110101 .172
Danny Worth, 2B4110013 .214
Totals38714732  
Batting
2B - Alex Avila (8, Beckett), Danny Worth (1, Beckett)
3B - Prince Fielder (1, Hill)
HR - Delmon Young (4, Morales)
SF - Brennan Boesch (1)
RBI - Quintin Berry (3), Brennan Boesch (19), Miguel Cabrera (42), Prince Fielder 2 (33), Delmon Young 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (10), Delmon Young (10)
SB - Quintin Berry 2 (5, 2nd base off Beckett/Saltalamacchia, 3rd base off Beckett/Saltalamacchia), Miguel Cabrera (3, 3rd base off Hill/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (W,5-3) 6733261 5.55
Phil Coke (H,10) 1.1000000 4.15
Joaquin Benoit (H,12) 0.2000010 2.91
Jose Valverde 1000000 4.43
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 117-76, Phil Coke 11-8, Joaquin Benoit 7-6, Jose Valverde 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 4-8, Phil Coke 1-3, Jose Valverde 1-2
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 27, Phil Coke 4, Joaquin Benoit 2, Jose Valverde 3
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Podsednik, CF3011011 .444
Daniel Nava, LF4010013 .277
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4000002 .267
David Ortiz, DH3000100 .318
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4110032 .250
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4122010 .281
Ryan Sweeney, RF4110001 .313
Mike Aviles, SS4010001 .264
Nick Punto, 2B2000111 .122
Totals3237327  
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (2, Scherzer), Kevin Youkilis (3, Scherzer)
HR - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10, Scherzer)
SH - Scott Podsednik (3), Nick Punto (2)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (2), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (1), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10)
SB - Scott Podsednik (2, 3rd base off Scherzer/Avila)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Sweeney 1
DP - Sweeney-Saltalamacchia, Aviles-Punto-Gonzalez
E - Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (5, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (L,4-5) 71044110 4.26
Franklin Morales 0.2111201 4.41
Matt Albers 0.1000010 2.08
Rich Hill 1322000 3.09
WP - Josh Beckett (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 102-67, Franklin Morales 22-10, Matt Albers 5-3, Rich Hill 26-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 10-8, Franklin Morales 1-1, Rich Hill 2-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 30, Franklin Morales 5, Matt Albers 1, Rich Hill 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37629
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Chris Guccione