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After the Tigers scored three runs in the first, emotions got out of control as Kevin Youkilis was ejected in the second inning after being hit by a pitch by Detroit’s Rick Porcello and charging the mound.
The bench-clearing brawl must have lit a spark for the Sox as Jason Bay hit a three-run shot over the monster to tie the game up at three. J.D. Drew walked and then was thrown out in attempting to steal second. Terry Francona must have still been riled up from the brawl because he came out to argue the call and then he was ejected too.
Mike Lowell, who replaced Youkilis, had a terrific night filling in. He went deep twice, with three RBI and three runs scored.
With all of the extra curricular activities going on, Junichi Tazawa’s solid performance might be overlooked. He showed decent control and had six strikeouts and gave up three runs in five innings of work. There were some definite positives that the Sox pitching staff can take away from this outing by Tazawa.
After the rain delay, the Sox added another run as Jacoby Ellsbury scored on a balk by Ryan Perry. Aside from the late two-run homer by Curtis Granderson, Jonathan Papelbon and the rest of the bullpen pitched well against the Tigers for four innings in securing the win for Tazawa and Boston in a 7-5 victory.
Stepped up and came through in the clutch with two home runs and three RBI while filling in for Youkilis.
Didn’t provide anything to the offense as he struck out twice and also made his 14th error on the season defensively.
W: J. Tazawa (1-1)
L: C. Lambert (0-1)