BOSTON (AP) _ Aaron Cook thought he might surprise Miguel
Cabrera with a curveball in the dirt and catch the Detroit slugger
swinging with two strikes.
Cook got Cabrera to swing, but the pitch was a foot or two above
the dirt and Cabrera knocked it over the Green Monster for a
two-run homer in the Tigers’ 7-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on
“I was hoping to just change what I had been doing. I’d been
really pounding him sinkers and four-seamers away and he was
fouling them off,” Cook said. “I was just trying to mix in
something different. In hindsight, I probably should have just
stayed out there and let him keep fouling them off.”
Cook (2-5) tried another curveball on his very next pitch and
Prince Fielder also gave it a ride, sending a shot to straightaway
center for Detroit’s fifth run of the fifth inning to put the
Tigers up 6-1.
“When I’m making bad pitches to the best hitters in the game
and just leaving them up, they did exactly what they were supposed
to do with those pitches,” Cook said.
Delmon Young added a solo homer for Detroit, which won for just
the second time in seven games and avoided a three-game sweep at
Carl Crawford hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who had a
four-game winning streak halted.
Cody Ross, Will Middlebrooks and Pedro Ciriaco had RBI singles
for Boston, which pulled within 6-5 before Young’s solo shot in the
“That’s the way it’s supposed to be _ down by five runs and you
make it a ballgame,” catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. “We
still won the series. That’s the positive note. We’ve got to look
The Tigers finished 2-5 in Fenway Park and were 5-5 overall in
the season series against the Red Sox.
Rick Porcello (8-6) pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up four runs
on eight hits for the win. He was 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in three
career starts against Boston.
Cook was hit hard for the second straight start, allowing six
runs on nine hits, including two homers, in 4 2-3 innings.
Craig Breslow, acquired from Arizona in a non-waiver trade
deadline deal, made his Red Sox debut, allowing a hit in 1 1-3
Octavio Dotel and Joaquin Benoit each worked a scoreless inning
before Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 21st save in
Detroit chased Cook and broke a 1-all tie with the big fifth.
Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta opened with singles and advanced on
Ramon Santiago’s sacrifice. Austin Jackson followed with an RBI
single and Quintin Berry had a run-scoring ground out.
Cabrera then hit a towering flyball completely out of Fenway
over the Green Monster seats and Fielder hit a shot into first row
of the center field bleachers, making it 6-1.
“You don’t really expect a guy to swing on a first-pitch
curveball after a home run,” Saltalamacchia said.
In the sixth, the Red Sox cut it to 6-4. Boston had loaded the
bases with no outs, but Saltalamacchia bounced into a double play
that scored a run and Middlebrooks had an RBI single. Phil Coke
relieved and allowed Ciriaco’s RBI single before he struck out
Crawford homered off Coke in the seventh, but Young homered in
the eighth to restore Detroit’s two-run edge.
The Red Sox had jumped ahead 1-0 in the first when Ross had a
two-out RBI single after Ellsbury doubled leading off.
The Tigers tied it in the fourth on Brennan Boesch’s RBI single
on an eight-pitch at-bat. But Ellsbury saved a run with a running
over the shoulder catch to end the inning, stumbling and falling
forward into the side of Boston’s bullpen as he came to the ground.
He went into the `pen with his right shoulder, the same one that
caused him to miss 79 games after he dislocated it in Boston’s home
NOTES: Cabrera and Fielder have hit consecutive homers three
times this season. … Boston DH David Ortiz, on the 15-day DL with
a strained right Achilles, was eligible to come off Wednesday, but
manager Bobby Valentine said he hadn’t done any running yet so it
would likely be a few days. … Fielder was hit on the right side
of his helmet diving back to second on a pickoff play. The helmet
came flying off, and he was checked by the team’s trainer, but
stayed in the game. … Valentine said RHP Josh Beckett, who left
Tuesday’s game in the third inning with a back spasm, is not
expected to go on the DL and is scheduled to start Sunday against
Texas, but LHP Franklin Morales is ready just in case. … RHP
Scott Atchison, out with an ulnar ligament injury, is expected to
see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. …RF Ryan Kalish also
made a nice running catch, sliding on one knee as he came to a stop
on the warning track near the Pesky Pole. … Fielder walked over
and gave the infield practice ball to a young boy before the bottom
of the ninth.
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