Red Sox - 030 020 000 - 5 13 0A flurry of activity in the second inning -- consecutive singles from Lowell, Drew, Varitek, and Crisp, a wild pitch, a Lugo HBP and an Ellsbury sac fly -- put an early dent in Verlander's evening. Youkilis clocked a two-run dong in the fifth.
Tigers - 000 100 000 - 1 7 0
Crisp had three singles in four trips, Varitek had two walks and a single, and Ellsbury, Ortiz and Lowell each had two hits.
Beckett (7-6-1-0-8, 102) was excellent, retiring his final 10 batters after the Tigers got on the board. He threw 28 pitches in the fourth, bringing his total to 71. Over the next three innings, he threw 31 (7-11-13), giving the bullpen a breather.
Hansen pitched the eighth: 4-3, 3U, P4. Delcarmen took the ninth: K, 4-3, single, F8.
Josh Beckett (4.19, 104 ERA+) / Justin Verlander (6.28, 67 ERA+)
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