Red Sox - 000 221 310 - 9 12 1The rain stopped well before game time -- and it was a pleasant evening. Figuring the inclement weather would dampen attendance, we eschewed out upper deck seats and snagged two main level padded seats with a little wooden bench for beer and scoring pens down the right field line.
Tigers - 004 130 002 - 10 18 1
Buchholz fell behind 4-0 as the Tigers batted around in the third, but the Red Sox clawed back, tying the game at 8-8 on Mike Lowell's three-run home run in the seventh. After two walks and a stolen base in the eighth, pinch-hitter Dustin Pedroia singled to left to give Boston its first lead of the night.
But in the bottom of the ninth against Jonathan Papelbon, the Tigers combined a check-swing infield single, a Julio Lugo error, a bunt and a groundout to re-tie the game. Then Placido Polanco flaired a single over the infield into left to give the Tigers a win. Polanco finished the night 5-for-6.
Kevin Youkilis hit two home runs. Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz each had two hits. For the second time in the three games of this series, Lowell was left a triple shy of the cycle.
Clay Buchholz (3.71, 117 ERA+) / Armando Galarraga (1.88, 222 ERA+)
It is pouring rain across the river in Windsor at 4:30 PM. Weather looks like it'll rain through the evening.
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Research by the Elias Sports Bureau indicates that last night marked the first time since 1900 a team pitched a shutout using multiple pitchers all over the age of 40.