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Final: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  May 18, 2011 07:14 PM

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Game over

Jonathan Papelbon preserved a five-hit combined shutout, the 11th of the season for the Sox. It wasn't easy. Not when leadoff man Victor Martinez doubled to rightfield. But the Tigers couldn't get pinch-runner Andy Dirks in. Peralta's ground ball got him to third, but Avila struck out on three pitches leaving it up to Raburn. Papelbon was throwing 95 mph heat and Raburn couldn't catch up, striking out to end the game. It Papelbon's eighth save. The game was played in 3:02, before 37,311.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 1, Tigers 0

Jarrod Saltalamacchia delivers! Salty, batting righthanded, stroked a double off the leftcenter wall, scoring Crawford from first base for the first run of the game off Daniel Schlereth. Crawford walked with two outs.

Top 8th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

A 1-2-3 inning for Bard. The fog just caused a little havoc with Cabrera's fly ball to right where rightfielder Mike Cameron had a little trouble following the ball until it reached his mitt.

Top 8th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Play was stopped at 9:31 p.m. due to heavy rain.
Update: Tarp is off. Grounds crew working on field. Game will resume at about 10 p.m.

Update: Play has resumed after a 26-minute delay.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Really raining hard right now. The Sox had one baserunner - Youkilis drew a walk - and then Scott Sizemore made an acrobatic catch on a soggy field on Ortiz' pop up to end the inning. Bard is in. Buchholz went 7IP, 4H, 0R, 1BB, 7 Ks. He threw 127 pitches/ 79 for strikes.

Top 7th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Buchholz put a pair of baserunners on (walk to Peralta and a single by Avila) and then hit Inge with a pitch with his career-high 118th pitch. Buchholz had a tough at-bat with Jackson which extended his pitch count to 127, the highest pitch count by any Sox pitcher this season. Buchholz got a strikeout on a check-swing by Jackson which first base umpire Gary Cederstrom rung him up on when homeplate umpire Fieldin Culbreth asked for help. The Sox avoided Matt Albers, who was warming up, at all cost with Daniel Bard unavailable. The Red Sox are certainly allowing their starters to go deeper into the pitch count this season.

Update: No sooner did I write Bard was unavailable he was warming up in the bullpen.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Buchholz has thrown 100 pitches to Coke's 68. Sox went down 1-2-3 in the sixth and are certainly not making Coke work too hard.

Top 6th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

A leadoff double by Austin Jackson was completely wasted by the Tigers. Even after he was sacrificed to third by Sizemore, the Tigers whiffed on getting him home. Boesch popped out to second base and Cabrera grounded out to third. Big opportunity by the boards.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Jed Lowrie singled with two outs against Phil Coke. Mike Cameron ended the inning with a fly ball out. A pitcher's game. That's for sure.

Top 5th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Alex Avila doubled off the leftcenter wall with one out, but Buchholz dug in to retire Raburn and Inge on fly balls.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Dustin Pedroia reached on a muffed grounder by second baseman Scott Sizemore, but Gonzalez knocked into his second inning-ending double-play, his ninth.

Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

A two-out double by Miguel Cabrera to the right field corner, ended Buchholz' no-hit bid. He got VMart to fly out to right, stranding Cabrera.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

A 1-2-3 inning by Coke.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Buchholz continued to no-hit the Bengals but he did issue a walk to No. 9 hitter Brandon Inge.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Kevin Youkilis singled but was quickly erased on a David Ortiz double-play liner to first base. Lowrie flew out to end the inning.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Quicky inning for Buchholz, who got two quick ground ball outs and then struck out Jhonny Peralta on a 91 mph cutter.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

A Dustin Pedroia single that fell into rightcenter with one out, didn't amount to anything. Adrian Gonzalez knocked into a 4-6-3 double-play against lefty Phil Coke.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Tigers 0

Foggy and light rain here. The game began at 7:12 p.m., two minutes after it was scheduled. We're expecting rain in some form or another, for most of the night. Clay Buchholz started out strong by striking out Austin Jackson and Scott Sizemore, both swinging, but then got hung up on a tough at-bat by Brennan Boesch, who really made Buchholz work, foiled off pitches, ran the count to 3-2, before flying out to center field. Buchholz threw 26 pitches.

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