Make it two straight tough back breaking losses for the Tigers at Fenway Park. Saturday night, David Ortiz had a bases-loaded walk off double to rally Boston past Detroit and then yesterday, after the Tigers scored 3 runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 3 all, the Red Sox celebrated on the field again, winning 4-to-3 in the bottom of the ninth when Detroit reliever Robbie Weinhardt threw the ball away trying to field a sacrifice bunt with Boston runners on first and second.
Miguel Cabrera doubled in a pair of runs and Jhonny Peralta singled in the tying run during Detroit’s comeback in the ninth. Brad Thomas took the loss for the Tigers with a no decision for Detroit starter Justin Verlander, who gave up 3 runs on six hits with eight strikeouts while throwing 123 pitches over 7 innings.
The Tigers are idle today and then begin a series that could make or break their chances of remaining a contender in the American League Central. Detroit hosts the first place White Sox tomorrow for a day night doubleheader to begin a 4-game series at Comerica Park.
The White Sox yesterday beat Oakland 4-to-1 to increase their lead over the third place Tigers to 7 games. Second place Minnesota is a half game behind Chicago after the Twins made it 8 straight wins with a 4-to-0 victory over Seattle. And the Cubs lost 8-to-7 at Colorado.