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end 2nd: Buehrle w/ great stuff—4 K already. Tigers up 1-0 on scratch run. Sox unis look crisp.
top 3rd: De Aza, Morel, Beckham down swinging, but did Beck's 10-pitch AB wear down Tiger pitcher?
last 3rd: Blooper-shower! Bad guys w/ 3 more cheapos. 4-0, but BFD—got 'em where we want 'em.
last 4th: Early exit for Mark: 3 1/3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, but only 7 earned. Extra rest will pay off next start. 9-0.
top 5th: Comeback city! Viciedo & Rios back-to-back (singles).
end top 5th: Stranded.
last 6th: Tigers plate 7 despite Beckham expertly fielding pop-up. Rookie pitcher Lindsay shows pinpoint control: 1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, but just 1 BB. ERA, 31.50, deceptive. Sox trail 16-0, however Detroit pen suspect.
top 8th: Thrilling ground single by Pierre. Others all down swinging, but Ramirez great cut at slider.
last 8th: Ohman sharp, whiffs pair. Two-run homer wind-blown. 18-0.
top 9th: Sox on board! Lucy RBI double, Rios sac fly. 16 more to tie, 17 to win.
wrap: So many bright spots. Rios, Viciedo 2 hits each. Unis crisp from start to finish and may not need laundering. 3 errors, but vast maj. plays mistake-free. No injuries, and health will be key in stretch run.
18-2 final deceptive. More like 12-run game. Sox win if not for 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th. Just 8.5 back.