This season, Nate Robertson has either been on, or not. On Sunday, he wasn't. Robertson only made it 3 innings, allowing 8 runs on 9 hits. Robertson simply wasn't effective against Boston's lineup, as they chased him in the 4th inning when they put up 6 runs and put the Tigers in a 3-run hole, after the Tigers scored 6 runs in the first 3 innings.
Boston's starter wasn't much more effective; Tim Wakefield allowed 7 runs in 5 innings of work. But, his effort was still good enough to get the victory, his 8th of the year.
The Tigers 7 Home Runs weren't enough to out-score the Red Sox. They got 2 each from Eric Munson (17 on the season) and Ivan Rodriguez (15 on the season). Each also had 3 RBI. Carlos Pena and Dmitri Young also each had one.
The Red Sox didn't get as much help from the long ball (they did still have 3 though), but got plenty of production from a number of players. Kevin Youkolis, Johnny Damon, Orlando Cabrera and former Tiger Gabe Kapler each had 3 hits. 2 of Youkolis's hits were Home Runs, while David Ortiz also had a Home Run and 3 RBI.
The Tigers' loss drops them to 51-60 on the year. They're off on Monday before heading out west for a left coast trip starting in Oakland. The Tigers take on the A's at 10:05pm when Jason Johnson goes up against Barry Zito.