Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 4 0 Tigers - 200 000 01x - 3 7 1Verlander (7.2-4-0-2-3, 132) handcuffed the bats and a two-spot against Beckett (6-5-2-5-5, 107) in the first was more than enough for Detroit to snap Boston's five-game winning streak.
Verlander's 132 pitches is the second-highest pitch count this season, one fewer than Tim Lincecum's 133 against the A's on May 21. (Roy Halladay threw 130 against against the Padres on April 24 and four pitchers topped 130 last season.)
With one out in the home first, Andy Dirks walked and scored on Brennan Boesch's double to right. Boesch scored on Miguel Cabrera's first-pitch single to right. The Tigers tacked on an additional run against Scott Atchison in the eighth.
Boston's first real threat came when Jason Varitek doubled with one out in the sixth. However, Jacoby Ellsbury popped to center and Dustin Pedroia flied to right. In the eighth, the Red Sox again had a man on second with one out, but Varitek struck out looking and, after Ellsbury walked, Joaquin Benoit relieved Verlander, and retired Pedroia on a fly to left.
Earlier in the day, the Yankees beat the Mariners 7-1 and the Rays beat Cleveland 7-0. ... Boston, who has more wins than all but three MLB teams, is now 1.0 GA of New York and 1.5 GA of Tampa Bay.
Josh Beckett / Justin Verlander
Update: The game is on NESN!
Second game of a day-night doubleheader. Check here for a possible game thread.
And a hearty Fuck You to MLB and ESPN, whose broadcasting agreement means this game will not be televised - anywhere.