Pedro dominates Tigers in 5-1 loss

The Tigers faced a tough test on Saturday, going up against one of the top pitchers of the generation; Pedro Martinez. That in itself was a monumental task, but then throw in the fact that the Tigers were without their top 3 hitters, and it was simply an uphill climb that would become impossible. Jeremy Bonderman battled in opposition, but couldn't match Martinez.

Jeremy Bonderman, coming off his complete game shutout that included 14 strikeouts, the most for a Tiger in more than 30 years, gave his best effort against one of the best teams in the American League.

Bonderman held his own too, giving up 3 runs over 6 1/3 innings. He also walked 4 and struck out 4. Jamie Walker had a rough outing, giving up the final 2 runs in just 1/3 of an inning - that's all he made it before he was removed as well.

Bonderman was respectable, but Pedro Martinez was dominant. Pitching against a team that was missing its three best hitters, Pedro had no problem with the Tigers' hitters. He pitched 7 innings, giving up a run on 4 hits with 8 strikeouts. The victory was his 14th of the year.

The Tigers were missing three of their best players on Saturday night, severely handicapping them before even factoring Pedro Martinez on the mound in opposition. Ivan Rodriguez, Carlos Guillen and Rondell White all sat for various reasons, leaving the Tigers without one-third of their starting lineup.

Their replacements gave their best effort, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Red Sox. Craig Monroe drove in the team's lone run, while getting one of the team's 4 hits.

For Boston, Mark Bellhorn had another good game, going 1-for-3 with 2 RBI. Jason Varitek also went 2-for-3 to help the Red Sox to victory.

The Red Sox have now captured the series victory, but will try and finish it off with a series sweep on Sunday afternoon. Wilfredo Ledezma will try and help the Tigers avoid the sweep, while Tim Wakefield will counter him for Boston. Game time is 2:05pm.

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