Ortiz and Ramirez hit two of Boston's four homers and drew two
of its three bases-loaded walks to lead the Red Sox over the Tigers
"This was an important series, and the next one is an important
series," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.
Detroit only trailed 5-3 going into the eighth, but three
pitchers combined to walk four batters and hit another in a
"I failed out there today," he said. "I need to be better
Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected for arguing balls and
strikes during the walk to Ramirez.
"I'm never going to talk about umpires," he said. "We just
didn't throw strikes."
Detroit has lost six of eight, including five of seven in
back-to-back series against the Yankees and Boston.
"This was kind of a blah homestand," Brandon Inge said. "We
didn't play very well, which is funny to say, because not very well
this year was really, really good in past years."
Matt Clement (5-4) allowed three runs and six hits in six
innings to get the win. He struck out five, walked two and left
with a 2-1 count to Detroit's leadoff hitter in the seventh. The
Red Sox said the unusual departure, which was instigated by catcher
Jason Varitek, was due to fatigue.
"Tek didn't like what he saw," Francona said. "If that runner
had reached base, he was coming out anyway."
Clement felt he probably worked too hard after a pair of poor
"I did a lot more throwing, and I think that's why I tuckered
out," he said. "It was a good start, though. All of my pitches
Gonzalez hit a two-run drive off Zach Miner in the second inning
to give Boston a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox then loaded the bases with
two outs in the third before Miner (0-1) got J.T. Snow to line out
to left to end the inning.
The Tigers cut it to 2-1 on Ivan Rodriguez's RBI single in the
fourth, but the Red Sox added two more in the fifth inning.
Youkilis led off with his second homer in three games to make it
3-1 and chase Miner from the mound. Jamie Walker relieved and
allowed Ortiz's 436-foot drive to right-center field.
Miner allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks in
four-plus innings in his major league debut.
"I felt great, but I was just out of whack mechanically," he
said. "That's probably the best-hitting team in baseball, and they
just wouldn't swing at anything out of the strike zone."
Leyland's ejection was his first of the season. ...
Youkilis stayed in the game after being hit in the eighth inning,
but was replaced by Mike Lowell in the bottom of the inning. He had
precautionary x-rays on his forearm, but they were negative and he
said that he expects to play Monday in New York. ... Boston
improved to 3-3 on its 10-game road trip that ends with four games
at Yankee Stadium. ... The Tigers optioned reliever Chris Spurling
to Triple-A Toledo after the game, and are expected to recall a
position player in time for Tuesday's series opener in Chicago.