June 11: Boston 6, Detroit 1
Pedro Martinez stretched his streak of starts without allowing an earned run to FIVE. He’s thrown 37.1 innings and walked four in this jaw-dropping stretch. Two unearned runs is all his opponents have mustered, including one in this game that didn’t have any impact on the outcome.
Justin Verlander got roughed up a bit by the Boston bats and his day finished after a three-run homer given up to Jimmie Foxx in the sixth.
R H BB DET 000 010 000 - 1 6 1 BOS 003 003 00x - 6 7 5 HR: J. Foxx (9), C. Fisk (5) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Verlander 5.1 6 6 2 4 4 P. Martinez 7.0 1 0 0 0 5 DET 25-36, BOS 41-20
June 12: Detroit 5, Boston 3 (11 innings)
Roger Clemens was almost as good as Pedro for Boston the next day, but was trailing 0-2 when he exited the game after seven innings. Hal Newhouser did a superb job of hurling for Detroit. A Charles Gehringer error in the eighth inning almost spelled disaster after it was followed by Kevin Youkilis launching a game-tying dinger, but the Tigers regained the lead in the tenth on singles by Hank Greenberg and Bobby Veach versus Jon Lester.
Boston tied it right back up in the bottom of the 10th when Bobby Doerr led off with a solo shot. Lester stayed in the game for the top of the 11th, which started with a Travis Fryman single, Gehringer strikeout, and Ty Cobb walk. Jonathan Papelbon came in at that point and couldn’t escape Lester’s jam. Harry Heilmann drove in the go-ahead run with a single, and Hank Greenberg sac-flied an insurance run in. John Hiller and Mike Henneman both pitched in the bottom of the 11th and made this lead hold up for Detroit.
Roger Clemens wasn’t happy with the outcome, but he did come out of the game as the new league ERA leader at 2.19.
R H BB DET 001 000 100 12 - 5 13 5 BOS 000 000 020 10 - 3 6 1 HR: K. Youkilis (1), B. Doerr (7) starters IP R ER HR BB SO H. Newhouser 8.0 2 0 1 0 5 R. Clemens 7.0 2 1 0 4 7 DET 26-36, BOS 41-21
June 13: Detroit 5, Boston 1
Tommy Bridges isn’t quite on Pedro Martinez’s level yet, but he did put together a fourth straight excellent start for Detroit to carry them to a major upset series win. The usually powerful Red Sox bats couldn’t connect hard enough for an extra base hit all day. The Tigers batsmen didn’t have nearly as much trouble with Cy Young. George Kell even took Young deep for one of the most unlikely homers of the season.
Boston has now lost five of six for the first time all year. Hardly a disaster, but they now find themselves with just a two-game cushion ahead of second place Baltimore.
R H BB DET 101 002 100 - 5 12 1 BOS 000 100 000 - 1 6 4 HR: G. Kell (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO T. Bridges 9.0 1 1 0 4 5 C. Young 6.0 5 5 1 1 1 DET 27-36, BOS 41-22