Just before midnight Saturday, the Tigers got a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th to steal a 7-6 win over the Sox, who once held a five-run lead.
The loss for Boston prevented the club from getting three games above .500 for the first time all year.
For the third straight game in the series the Sox figure to have a decided advantage on the mound, where steady John Lackey opposes Armando Galarraga, who is being called up from Triple-A Toledo for the start.
Despite the frustrating loss, Boston has still won eight of 12 and can win a series for the sixth time in eight tries with a victory Sunday.
The Sox are 12-4 against the Tigers over the past three years.
RHP John Lackey (4-1, 4.60 ERA) vs. RHP Armando Galarraga (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Lackey allowed six runs in six innings in his last start, but still got plenty of credit in the Red Sox clubhouse for working around some early struggles and getting a lead to the bullpen.
The workmanlike effort gave Lackey three wins in four starts since his nightmarish start against Tampa Bay on Patriots’ Day.
Lackey is 6-1 with a 3.73 ERA in nine career starts against the Tigers. He is 4-0 at Comerica Park.
Galarraga was a 13-game winner two seasons ago when he finished tied for fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. He followed that up with a rough sophomore season and started this season in the minors.
With the way Max Scherzer is struggling for the Tigers, this could be an important audition for Galarraga.
|Marco Scutaro, SS
Jeremy Hermida, LF
J.D. Drew, RF
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
David Ortiz, DH
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Bill Hall, 2B
Jonathan Van Every, CF
Johnny Damon, LF
The Sox have been forced to continuously scrape themselves off the mat due to a host of difficult losses this year. Saturday’s setback is no exception, putting plenty of pressure squarely on the shoulders of John Lackey.
The big righty may be the right man for the job. He has performed well in this park and is almost always a good candidate to spare the bullpen, a critical need after five Boston relievers threw 4 1/3 innings Saturday.
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