started the week getting frustrated by Daisuke Matzusaka and overpowered by
On Thursday, they were baffled again by
The 42-year-old knuckleballer beat the Tigers for the 16th time - the most by any active pitcher - and the
Boston Red Sox
beat Detroit 6-3 to finish a three-game sweep.
Wakefield (7-3) gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.
''He's been a blessing for us,''
said. ''He's a good pitcher. He's unconventional, but that's OK.''
Wakefield allowed three runs in the second inning, but shut down the Tigers after that.
''After that inning, I felt really comfortable,'' he said. ''I only needed 80 pitches, so that's great, and I got some offensive
Three Boston relievers finished, with
pitching the ninth for his 14th save in 15 attempts. The Tigers put two runners on base, but
's diving stop at second base helped Papelbon escape unscathed.
''I was just trying to get an out,'' Pedroia said. ''I didn't want the tying run to come to the plate.''
(1-3) took a step back in his comeback from control problems, allowing five runs in 2 1-3 innings despite not giving up a
hit. He walked five batters and hit another with a pitch.
''I threw a couple good pitches and I didn't get the calls, and I let myself get flustered,'' Willis said. ''That's the first
time that's happened in my career, but you can't do that against the
. It was just mental.''
Detroit went ahead 3-0 in the second, but lost
in the process. Cabrera hurt his left hamstring going from first to second on
's single and was barely able to run while coming home on
's two-run double.
added an RBI groundout later in the inning.
Cabrera said after the game that he doesn't think the injury is serious.
''We'll see how I feel, but it isn't too bad,'' he said. ''I'm hoping to play tomorrow.''
replaced Cabrera at first base in the third, when Boston rallied for six runs to chase Willis.
After starting the inning with a hit batter and a walk, Willis struck out
, but then walked the next three batters to force in a pair of runs.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland took Willis out at that point, but was ejected by plate umpire
for arguing balls and strikes before he even made it back to the dugout.
''I want to say that I apologize to the umpires for that - I was out of line,'' Leyland said. ''There were a couple borderline
pitches that could have gone either way, but you aren't going to get those calls when you are wild.''
replaced Willis and immediately gave up a two-run double to
, putting the
's groundout scored the fifth run, and
made it 6-3 with a single.
''It seemed like we got a little momentum after they hit Jacoby (Ellsbury) to start the inning,'' Francona said. ''After that,
Willis just had a tough inning.''
The Tigers nearly scored in the sixth, but Larish's long fly went just foul down the right-field line. Detroit questioned
the decision, leading to the first video replay in Comerica Park history. The umpires only needed a few moments to uphold
''Umpires are amazing,'' said Leyland, who had watched the play on television in his office. ''I must have seen 10 replays
before I was sure they had it right, but they did.''
Notes: Boston DH
, hitting .187 with one homer, had the day off. Ortiz said he is considering having his eyes examined. ... Miner left after
four innings of relief with a strained right calf and is day to day. ...
, who left Wednesday's game with a bruised ankle after a collision at first, came out in the fourth inning with tightness
in his right calf. The team said the move was strictly precautionary. ...
has 14 wins over Detroit, while
and CC Sabathia have beaten the Tigers 13 times each.