American League Game Summary - Detroit at Boston|
(Tuesday, July 31st)
Final Score: Boston 4, Detroit 1 (6 innings)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Carl Crawford capped a four-run fourth inning
with an RBI single as Boston topped Detroit, 4-1, in a rain-shortened
contest at Fenway Park.
Pedro Ciriaco and Jacoby Ellsbury were also credited with an RBI each for
the Red Sox, who were awarded their fourth straight victory following a rain
delay of one hour, 45 minutes.
Josh Beckett was pulled after 2 2/3 innings due to a back issue. Clayton
Mortensen (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket before the game, recorded
eight outs in relief for the win.
"It locked up on me, a little spasm," Beckett said. "I've had this before. I
obviously couldn't throw a strike with it."
Franklin Morales was credited with a save despite retiring just one batter and
leaving the bases loaded in the top of the sixth before the deluge.
Justin Verlander (11-7) gave up six hits and four runs -- three earned -- over
five full frames for the Tigers, who have dropped six of eight.
Boston supplied all its offense in its second-to-last turn at the plate. After
loading the bases with one out thanks to singles by Cody Ross and Jarrod
Saltalamacchia and a walk to Kelly Shoppach, Ciriaco singled in a run,
Ellsbury's walk forced in another, then Crawford's hit plated one and an Omar
Infante error allowed one more to cross the plate.
Mortensen walked Prince Fielder to start the sixth, and after Delmon Young
flied out, Morales was summoned. Ryan Raburn grounded into a fielder's choice,
but Alex Avila singled and Jhonny Peralta walked to fill the sacks.
At that point, the rain was deemed too heavy for play to continue.
"At some point the umpires have to make the call and it's a tough call,"
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "You have the bases loaded and you are a
little bit excited that you have a shot, but the umpires do the best they can
with that stuff."
Detroit opened the scoring in the third as Infante beat out an infield
single with two down, Austin Jackson was plunked, Quintin Berry walked and
Miguel Cabrera drew a base on balls to force in a run.
Beckett departed after the fourth ball, then Mortensen entered and retired
Fielder for the final out.
After being swept to open the season in Detroit, the Red Sox have won five of
the next six meetings against the Tigers...Prior to the game, the Red Sox
dealt first baseman Lars Anderson to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Steven
Wright and acquired pitcher Craig Breslow from Arizona in exchange for pitcher
Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik...In addition, the Sox placed
outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day DL, recalled outfielder Ryan Kalish from
Pawtucket, activated pitcher Chris Carpenter from the 60-day DL and optioned
him to Pawtucket.
08/01 03:23:45 ET