Detroit mows down Boston

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DETROIT (AP) – Ivan Rodriguez’s two-out RBI single in the 13th inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

David Ortiz homered, doubled and walked four times – three intentional – for Boston, but the Red Sox left 12 runners on base and didn’t score after two first-inning runs.

While the Tigers avoided their 1,000th defeat to the Red Sox, they did lose All-Star second baseman Placido Polanco in the eighth inning to a strained ribcage muscle. His status is day-to-day.

Jonathan Papelbon (0-2) hit Gary Sheffield to start the 13th, and with one out, Sheffield stole second.

Carlos Guillen took a called third strike, but Rodriguez lined a 1-0 pitch into the right-center field gap, and the ball glanced off the glove of a diving Coco Crisp as Sheffield trotted home.

Jason Grilli (3-2), the sixth Tigers pitcher, got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

Todd Jones got out of a 10th-inning jam when Manny Ramirez grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners, but All-Star Hideki Okajima matched him in the bottom of the inning.

The Tigers had the bases loaded with one out, but Okajima got Curtis Granderson to ground into a force at the plate, and Omar Infante lined out to end the inning.

Detroit loaded the bases again in the 11th, but Craig Monroe popped out to end the inning.

In the 12th, it was Boston’s turn as pinch-hitter Kevin Youkilis flew out to right with two outs and the bases loaded.

The game drew a crowd of 44,193 – the second-largest in Comerica Park’s eight-year history and the largest for a night game.

Neither starter got a decision. Detroit’s Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs in eight innings, striking out nine, while Kason Gabbard gave up two runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Bonderman has struggled all season at the start of games, and the Red Sox took advantage in the first. With one out, Dustin Pedroia tripled and Ortiz followed with a long homer to right, ending a 13-game drought.

Gabbard walked the first two batters in the fifth, and Rodriguez moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Hinske reached over the tarp to grab Marcus Thames’ foul pop, but Monroe broke out of a slump with a two-run double over the head of Ramirez in left.

Boston had several chances to go back in front, but couldn’t get a key hit.

Ortiz led off the sixth with a double and Ramirez flew out to deep center, with Ortiz taking third, but Bonderman retired J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell to end the inning.

In the eighth, Pedroia doubled with one out. Ortiz walked, and Ramirez hit into a force at second. Drew struck out again.

Crisp led off the 10th with a double. Julio Lugo failed twice to get down a bunt, but succeeded in getting the runner to third with a groundout to short.

The Tigers then intentionally walked Ortiz for the second time, and Ramirez grounded to Brandon Inge again, this time for a 5-4-3 double play.

NOTES: This year’s opener against Toronto drew a stadium-record 44,297 fans. Saturday’s sellout was the eighth straight, the longest streak in stadium history. … Ortiz went 2-for-2 against Bonderman after coming into the game with a career .105 (2-for-19) mark against the Tigers pitcher. … Opposing hitters are batting .373 against Bonderman in the first inning. … The Red Sox are now 999-940 against Detroit.

AP-ES-07-07-07 2349EDT

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