Both Derek Lowe and Mike Maroth had ties to their opponent on Friday night - Lowe as a native Michigander, Maroth as an original draft pick of the Red Sox before being dealt to Detroit as a minor leaguer in return for Bryce Florie. Well, Lowe had the better outing of the two, and in turn got the win for Boston.
Mike Maroth has pitched well for the Tigers all season, but Friday night wasn't his night. Maroth battled through 5 innings, constantly working in and out of jams. Maroth gave up 10 hits over those 5 innings, which led to 5 runs (4 earned). He also walked 1 and struck out 6 as he fell to 10-9 on the season.
Derek Lowe on the other hand didn't have any of those same struggles. Lowe made it 8 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. He also struck out 7 with no walks.
Mike Timlin, Alan Embree and Curtis Leskanic each pitched 1/3 of an inning in the 9th to close it out. It was Lowe's 12th win, and Leskanic's 3rd save.
A few players had good games at the plate, but it wasn't enough - and three errors certainly didn't help the team get closer to a win. Carlos Guillen and Eric Munson each let grounders bounce off their glove, while Brandon Inge dropped a ball thrown home trying to tag Manny Ramirez out at the plate - had Brandon held onto the ball, it would have been an easy out.
As for good things at the plate, Craig Monroe did have a 2-run Home Run. Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena also each went 2-for-4, with Young driving in the final run.
For the Red Sox, Ricky Gutierrez had a big game, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Mark Bellhorn went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Jason Varitek went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
The Tigers will try and get back on the winning track on Saturday, when Jeremy Bonderman (coming off his amazing complete game shutout) faces Pedro Martinez. Game time is 7:05pm.