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Six homers sink Sox

September 17, at Detroit


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"There's only one way to celebrate Halfway to St. Patrick's Day... Getting a free green hat at the park."

Short Take: Tigers hit six homers, off Sox pitching, as late-game comeback falls a bit short in 11-10 loss

When Omar Infante lead off Friday nightís game with a home run, few could have envisioned what an omen it was. When the dust settled, the Tigers hit six homers off Sox pitching in their 11-10, 10-inning win, as the Sox dropped their fifth straight.

Jason Grilli got the start, looking to improve on his 2-1 record and 7+ ERA. After Infante lead off the game, Paul Konerko spotted Grilli a lead, hitting a 2-run homer in the bottom of the first, and it looked like Jason would make that lead stand. He pitched pretty well against a young, scrappy offense, putting up goose eggs on the Tiger scoreboard for the next five innings. Meanwhile, the Sox added three more runs, two on another 2-run bomb by Konerko and the other coming from Wilson Valdezís first Major League hit, an RBI single in the third.

In the 6th, the Tigers finally tagged Grilli, the first a 2-run homer by Bobby Higginson and the second a solo shot by Dmitri Young. Still, he left the Sox offense with the lead against Nate Robertson. All in all, Jason went 6 1/3 IP, allowing only 4 hits, but walked 3 en route to allowing 4 runs.

After Sandy Alomar, Jr. homered in the 6th to put the Sox back up by 2, 6-4, it looked like it might be smooth sailing. Grilli retired Brandon Inge to lead off the 7th, and was pulled in favor of Damaso Marte, who looked terrible. After getting Ryan Rayburn on strikes, he proceeded to walk Marcus Thames, allow another homer to Omar Infante, and walk Bobby Higginson. Jon Adkins came in to stop the bleeding, and then allowed a single to Ivan Rodriguez, an RBI single to Dmitri Young, and a home run to Craig Monroe. Carlos Pena grounded out to end the inning, but thatís right, if you were keeping track at home, thatís 6 runs with 2 outs for Detroit to give the Kitties a 10-6 lead.

The Sox, however, looked resilient and made a game of things. Joe Borchard doubled home a pair in the Soxís 7th to cut the score to 10-8 and Willie Harris went deep to cut the lead to one. Now, really, if Willie Harris hits a dinger, thatís got to be some kind of prophecy of good things to come? After Shingo Takatsu survived a tense ninth inning, the Sox faced Esteban Yan needing 1 to tie and 2 to win. Back-to-back singles by Timo Perez and Ross Gload sent the pleasantly liquidated crowd into a frenzy (it was Halfway to St. Patrickís Day). Borchard moved the two over with a sharp grounder back to the mound and Sandy Alomar loaded the bases with a walk. It looked as if Willie Harris would be the hero or goat, but Yan did not give him the chance, as he threw one to the backstop to plate Perez and knot the contest. Harris grounded out, but the Sox lived to see at least one more inning.

Carlos Pena then opened the 10th with a solo homer off Shingo. That run would stand, as a pair of 2-out singles by Carlos Lee and Paul Konerko proved to be nothing more than a mildly noisy death. The loss drops the Twins magic number to three, meaning the punks from up north have a very real shot to clinch their third straight division championship on our soil. The Orioles provided no help in walloping Minnesota, 11-2.

The Sox and Tigers hook up again tomorrow at U.S. Cellular Field. Game time is 6:05 PM Central time and Jose Contreras will try to find the touch he had a month ago when he faces Jason Johnson. Fox Sports Net will televise tomorrow nightís action if you really have nothing better to do.

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In the game of longball exchange, Pale Hose come up a bit short.


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