Tigers no match for Red Sox

By JOHN LOWE - Free Press

Tigers no match for Red Sox

January 20, 2011

BOSTON -- Eight to one. That's the lead the Red Sox have over the Tigers in this series in home runs hit over Fenway Park's leftfield Green Monster. Those eight homers have played a major role in Boston's winning all three games.

The Red Sox's most recent pair of homers over the 37-foot wall came from Mike Lowell and Jason Bay on Wednesday night. Those blows off Zach Miner, who stepped in for the ill Armando Galarraga, started Boston to an 8-2 win.

The Tigers' only homer over the Monster in this series came in the seventh Wednesday, when Marcus Thames connected off Josh Beckett with the bases empty and the Tigers down seven runs.

In this series, the Red Sox are walloping the ball over the Monster.

Lowell has hit three of Boston's homers over the big wall in this series. Then he looped the ball over the head of pitcher Freddy Dolsi in Wednesday's fifth. The ball landed for a freak infield single and kept alive a two-out rally that grew to five runs. The Tigers have given up at least six runs in six straight games. Manager Jim Leyland said:

"We'll be fine, trust me, ... if our big guys (Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson) continue to do what they've done most of the year, and if (Jarrod) Washburn does pretty good. We'll get our bullpen back in order.

"Our pitching is a mess right now. That's what happens when a couple of guys have bad outings. You've got to use your bullpen too much. And then tonight you have to use a spot starter out of the bullpen. We're short."

And Fenway's famous wall is tall as ever.

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