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They say that one swing of the bat can change a whole game and that was proven to be true Wednesday night in the Red Sox win over the Detroit Tigers. The final score was 1-0, and the game’s only run came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted a ball off the monster to score Carl Crawford from first base.
Clay Buchholz pitched seven scoreless innings but reliever Daniel Bard recorded the win and Jonathan Papelbon locked up another save. The Tigers struggled at the plate, meanwhile, going 0-10 with runners in scoring position.
The Red Sox extended their winning streak to five games and the Tigers lost their second in a row after winning seven straight previously.
“It seemed like the first to score was going to win the game,” Saltalamacchia said after the game. “Both pitchers pitched great. … They had a lot of situations to score and we had Buck to hold them down.”
Both teams struggled to get clutch hits throughout the game, especially the Red Sox, who hit into three double plays and only had a team total of four hits.
The Tigers had a chance to tie the game in the top of the 9th when Victor Martinez led off with a double. Pinch runner Andy Dirks reached third base on a ground out but then Papelbon closed the game by striking out the last two batters.
The Red Sox have one more game against Detriot and then begin interleague play as they host the Cubs Friday night at Fenway.