Red Sox - 000 100 020 - 3 9 0 Tigers - 010 000 03x - 4 10 0Looking at that linescore tells you a few things: (a) Clay Buchholz pitched very well (6-6-1-0-3, 81), the Red Sox rallied late to snap a 1-1 tie, and (c) a bullpen implosion gave the gave away in the bottom of the eighth. This time the fault lies with Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler - and to manager John Farrell for relying on Taz in a high-leverage situation.
The Red Sox, facing Alex Wilson, took the lead in the eighth inning on three straight singles: Xander Bogaerts reached on an infield hit, Mookie Betts dumped a single into right, and Hanley Ramirez singled up the middle. Another run scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
But just as Boston had done in the top half, so the Tigers did against Tazawa in the home half. Ian Kinsler singled to left. Erick Aybar doubled to right, Kinsler moving to third. Miguel Cabrera singled to center, scoring Kinsler. Three batters and three hits against Tazawa, and Brad Ziegler took over on the mound. Victor Martinez singled to right and Aybar scored, tying the game at 3-3. Ziegler walked J.D. Martinez, loading the bases with no outs. Ziegler bounced back, getting an out on a force play at the plate and striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia. But he then walked Andrew Romine to force in the go-ahead run.
In the top of the ninth, facing Francisco Rodriguez, Travis Shaw walked and Brock Holt came in to run. Andrew Benintendi grounded into a fielder's choice, just beating the relay throw to first (and surviving a challenge by the Tigers). David Ortiz pinch-hit for Aaron Hill and singled to center, with Benintendi stopping at second. Dustin Pedroia pinch-ran for Ortiz. The Red Sox came up short, however, with Bogaerts grounding out to first and - with runners now at third and second - Mookie Betts lined out to second.
Sandy Leon homered in the fourth inning. ... The loss snapped Boston's six-game winning streak.