BOSTON (AP) _ Max Scherzer pitched into the seventh inning,
Delmon Young homered and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox
7-3 on Thursday night to avoid a four-game series sweep.
Scherzer (5-3) retired nine consecutive batters before Nick
Punto led off the seventh with a walk, forcing the right-hander
from the game. He allowed three runs and seven hits in his third
consecutive victory, closing out a strong May.
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 homer 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
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
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
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.
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 last 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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