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The Red Sox have been pretty good as of late, and the Yankees have been pretty bad as of late, so if you’re one of the few remaining optimistic Red Sox fans, Wednesday could mean a lot.
Instead, the Yankees woke up, beating down the Orioles 12-3…and the Red Sox were taken to town by the Tigers, losing 7-5. The Red Sox are now nine games behind the Yanks in the AL East race (which is over), but remain within four games of the Wild Card lead.
Aaron Cook was on the mound for the Sox, and was bad yet again, allowing six runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. Most of the damage was done during a bad fifth inning in which Cook allowed back-to-back home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder as part of a five-run inning for Detroit.
Down 6-1, the Red Sox started to claw back, getting three runs in the sixth inning. They got their first when Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, their second on a Will Middlebrooks RBI single, and the third on a single from Pedro Ciriaco.
They picked up another run in the seventh on Carl Crawford’s second home run of the year, but couldn’t closer after that.
Jose Valverde nailed down the 1-2-3 save in the ninth inning.
Rick Porcello got the win for the Tigers, allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.