BoSox best Tigers 4-1

It appears that this group of Sox is a bit tougher. While the Tigers have done very well against their division rival the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox proved to be a much greater challenge, as Bronson Arroyo led them to a 4-1 win victory over the Tigers at Fenway Park. Meanwhile Jason Johnson spent most of the night battling his way out of trouble, trying to keep the team in the game.

Bronson Arroyo isn't quite a household name, but the Tigers sure made him look like one on Thursday night.

Arroyo went 7 1/3 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 6 hits, including 8 strikeouts. Mike Timlin finished up the 8th for Arroyo, and Keith Foulke pitched a perfect 9th inning for his 24th save.

Jason Johnson's raw numbers weren't bad at all - 5 innings, 2 earned runs (plus 1 unearned run), 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. But what the numbers don't show is that Johnson struggled throughout the game, constantly trying to keep the Tigers close after allowing baserunners. Johnson set himself back plenty from the very start, when he needed 58 pitches just to get through the first 2 innings. Jamie Walker would allow the final run in the 8th in his 2/3 of an inning of work.

The Tigers didn't have much going at the plate - with their lone run coming off a wild throw by Red Sox Catcher Doug Mirabelli, attempting to catch Omar Infante leading off too far from 3rd base. The ball ricocheted off Ivan Rodriguez's bat and into foul territory in Left Field. Carlos Guillen also had a pair of hits.

The Red Sox got a balanced attack, with 4 players managing 2 hits, and 7 of the 9 starters getting at least 1 hit. Mark Bellhorn, David Ortiz and Dave Roberts each drove in a run for the team.

Game 2 of the series takes place Friday night, when Mike Maroth will go up against Derek Lowe at 7:05pm.

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