Boston at Detroit

W: J. Lackey (7-4) L: J. Chamberlain (1-3) S: K. Uehara (12)
HR: BOS - M. Napoli (6),D. Ortiz (14)   DET - None

Ortiz's homer in ninth propels Red Sox past Tigers wire reports

DETROIT -- David Ortiz's drive was plenty deep -- and more importantly, it was headed toward the right part of the ballpark.

''I think I broke my own record for hitting hard balls right at people,'' Ortiz said. ''After you put a good swing on the ball, the next hope is the ball travels where nobody's at.''

Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, snapping their five-game losing streak.

The Red Sox left men on base all night long, including when Ortiz was retired on a deep flyball to center in the seventh, but there was no doubt about his homer off Joba Chamberlain, which carried about halfway up the section of seats beyond the wall in right.

Chamberlain (1-3) was trying to protect a one-run lead instead of struggling closer Joe Nathan, who had pitched the previous two nights.

John Lackey (7-4) pitched eight sharp innings for Boston, and Koji Uehara tossed a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera left in the sixth with left hamstring tightness.

Brock Holt had four hits for Boston, including a leadoff single in the ninth with the Red Sox down 3-2. After a one-out walk by Dustin Pedroia, Ortiz connected for his 14th homer of the season.

''Obviously, that's one of the last guys you want to face in any key situation, and he showed everyone why again tonight,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. ''He did what he has done in his whole career.''

Lackey allowed two earned runs and seven hits, and it looked as if he would have to settle for a complete-game loss for the second consecutive game before Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead.

It was the only hit of the night for Ortiz, who lined out to third in the fifth because there was a man on second and the infield wasn't shifted the way it probably would have been otherwise.

''That's been my whole life this year -- just hitting balls hard right at people,'' Ortiz said. ''When I saw the third baseman right there, I was like, `What are you doing there?'''

Mike Napoli also homered for Boston in his first game back from a finger injury. He finished with three hits, and Lackey figures Napoli's presence in the on-deck circle helped Ortiz hit his go-ahead homer.

''They wouldn't have thrown one near the strike zone if that dude wasn't standing on deck,'' Lackey said.

Boston's previous seven series all ended in sweeps, with the Red Sox on the losing end of four. They avoided that fate Sunday despite leaving 10 men on base.

With the score tied at 2 in the seventh, Holt hit a one-out triple, but with the infield in, Xander Bogaerts hit a grounder to third and Nick Castellanos made a diving stop for the second out. After a walk to Pedroia, the AL Central-leading Tigers brought in Phil Coke, perhaps the most maligned member of Detroit's beleaguered bullpen.

With the count full, Ortiz hit a drive to center that Austin Jackson tracked down about 400 feet from the plate. Ortiz is now 2 for 19 against Coke -- but he would get another chance later against Chamberlain.

Detroit took the lead with an unearned run in the seventh. After Castellanos led off with a single, Jackson hit a slow roller that Bogaerts mishandled at third for an error. One out later, Eugenio Suarez singled sharply to left to put the Tigers ahead.

Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

The Red Sox had men on first and third with one out in the fourth before Sanchez struck out Stephen Drew and Jackie Bradley Jr.

Pedroia opened the scoring in the third with a sacrifice fly, but Suarez tied it in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single. Cabrera doubled in the fourth and scored on Victor Martinez's single.

Napoli's sixth homer tied it in the sixth.


Detroit C Alex Avila struck out three times in his first game back since he was hit in the head Friday by the follow-through of Ortiz's swing. ... Bogaerts and Bradley also struck out three times. ... The Tigers play at the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (8-3) faces RHP Hector Noesi (1-3). ... Boston plays at Baltimore, with Red Sox RHP Jake Peavy (1-3) taking the mound against RHP Bud Norris (4-5).

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Big Papi goes yard in the ninth off Joba Chamberlain to help the Red Sox seal the comeback win over the Tigers. (USATSI)
Big Papi goes yard in the ninth off Joba Chamberlain to help the Red Sox seal the comeback win over the Tigers. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

E. Suarez
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Xander Bogaerts, 3B4000133 .293
Dustin Pedroia, 2B2101211 .275
David Ortiz, DH5113015 .259
Mike Napoli, 1B4131100 .272
A.J. Pierzynski, C5010003 .273
Daniel Nava, RF4010013 .167
Stephen Drew, SS3000013 .071
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Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4110034 .203
John Lackey, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
a-hit by pitch for Drew in the 8th
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (9, Sanchez)
3B - Brock Holt (2, Krol)
HR - David Ortiz (14, Chamberlain), Mike Napoli (6, Sanchez)
SF - Dustin Pedroia (3)
RBI - Dustin Pedroia (21), David Ortiz 3 (38), Mike Napoli (23)
SB - Mike Napoli (1, 2nd base off Coke/Avila)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Drew-Pedroia-Napoli, Drew-Pedroia-Napoli-Pedroia-Napoli
E - Xander Bogaerts (7, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
John Lackey (W,7-4) 8732150 3.18
Koji Uehara (S,12) 1000000 0.68
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 112-74, Koji Uehara 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 12-6, Koji Uehara 1-2
Batters Faced - John Lackey 31, Koji Uehara 3
Detroit Tigers
Rajai Davis, LF4000012 .273
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000001 .293
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3120000 .326
   Don Kelly, PR-1B1000000 .261
Victor Martinez, DH3011100 .329
Torii Hunter, RF4000013 .268
Nick Castellanos, 3B4110000 .270
Austin Jackson, CF4110000 .252
Alex Avila, C3000033 .213
Eugenio Suarez, SS3022000 .429
Anibal Sanchez, P0000000 .500
   Ian Krol, P0000000 .000
   Evan Reed, P0000000 .000
   Phil Coke, P0000000 .000
   Joba Chamberlain, P0000000 .000
2B - Miguel Cabrera (21, Lackey)
RBI - Victor Martinez (38), Eugenio Suarez 2 (3)
SB - Rajai Davis (17, 2nd base off Lackey/Pierzynski), Austin Jackson (7, 2nd base off Lackey/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 4
DP - Suarez-Cabrera-Kinsler, Suarez-Cabrera-Kinsler-Kinsler-Suarez-Kelly
E - Nick Castellanos (5, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez 6622271 2.24
Ian Krol 0.1100010 2.14
Evan Reed 0.1000100 4.44
Phil Coke 1.1100010 6.00
Joba Chamberlain (L,1-3; BS,2) 1333111 3.29
WP - Anibal Sanchez (2)
HBP - Herrera (by Phil Coke)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 112-71, Ian Krol 11-7, Evan Reed 10-3, Phil Coke 27-15, Joba Chamberlain 26-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 4-7, Evan Reed 1-0, Phil Coke 2-1, Joba Chamberlain 1-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 26, Ian Krol 2, Evan Reed 2, Phil Coke 6, Joba Chamberlain 6
Game Information
Attendance - 33835
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Victor Carapazza