wasted no time doing what they couldn't do for 31 straight innings during their previous three games: Score.
Boston led 2-0 after facing just 10 pitches, hit three homers and ended a season-long six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win
on Monday night.
''We desperately needed to find a way to win a game,''
said, ''and we did.''
went 3-6 on the road trip that ended Sunday night with a 5-2 loss to the
New York Yankees
. In the last three games, they totaled just two runs and 17 hits - 16 singles and a homer. On Monday,
's 10th pitch for his ninth homer after
led off the first with a double. The
had four hits in each of the first two innings - after managing four hits in each of two games in New York - and led 4-0 after
But it took a sacrifice fly by Green in the seventh to provide the go-ahead run after the Tigers tied the game 5-5 in the
top of the inning.
''It's big if we can jump out and get runs early. That's what we want to do,'' Green said, ''but we can't just be satisfied
with runs early. Today was good for us to be able to score runs later in the game as well.''
struggled to keep the 6-5 lead in the eighth after Detroit put runners at second and third when
was hit by a pitch and
(6-3) struck out
on a foul to catcher
''I should have just put the ball in play,'' Everett said. ''They were playing back. A groundball in the middle of the infield
ties the game.''
Papelbon got his 28th save in 31 opportunities.
(5-2) took the loss.
Boston returned home 6 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and tied with Texas in the wild-card race. With the win,
Boston gained a game on the Yankees, who lost to Toronto, and moved a half-game up on idle Texas.
AL Central-leading Detroit tied it at 5 when
allowed two runs in the seventh on a double by Laird, an RBI single by
and a run-scoring double by
Boston scored the deciding run on singles by J.D. Drew and
and Green's sacrifice fly.
''Our biggest thing was - we're back home, just play the rest of the season as hard as we can and whatever happens happens.
But were going to remain positive,'' Pedroia said. ''There's a lot of games left.''
After Pedroia's two-run homer, the
loaded the bases, but Kotchman ended the threat when he lined out to second baseman Polanco.
Then Green, who had just 10 hits in his previous 30 games, led off the second with his sixth homer. Ellsbury followed with
a single, stole second and took third on an infield single by
then singled in Ellsbury, giving Boston a 4-0 lead off Jackson.
''They've been struggling a bit offensively,'' Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. ''I think they just obviously made up their
mind, 'Hey, he's going to be aggressive, we're going to be aggressive with him.'''
Detroit cut it to 4-2 in the fourth when
was hit by a pitch, Ordonez tripled and Inge singled. Granderson's double and Thames' sacrifice fly made it 4-3 in the fifth
and Bay hit his 22nd homer in the bottom of the inning.
NOTES: Jackson allowed more than three earned runs for the first time in 17 starts. ... Polanco extended his hitting streak
to 11 games with a single on his first at bat. He ended up going 3 for 4. ... Ellsbury's stolen base gave him 51 for the season,
third most in
had 54 in 1973,
had 52 in 1912, and Ellsbury had 50 last year. ...
allowed three runs in six innings and is 1-4 in his last nine starts. ...
threw 51 pitches in a simulated game before the game. Wakefield (11-3) last pitched on July 8 and went on the disabled list
July 21 with a lower back problem. He also has a calf injury. There was no word on when he might be activated.