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Sale and Verlander battle to a stand-off, Sox lose in 11

September 5 vs. Tigers

Toon Squad Update:
That sound must mean things are back to normal.

Short Take: Sox bullpen blew it in extras, but at least they didn't cost Sale the W.

Justin Verlander and Chris Sale gave the fans their money's worth for seven and eight innings, respectively, and the eventual outcome -- a 5-3 Sox loss in 11 innings -- felt like an afterthought.

Melky Cabrera began the game by robbing Detroit leadoff batter Cameron Maybin of a homer. Moments later, Miguel Cabrera jacked one to right that Avi Garcia would've needed a very high ladder to catch. In the third, Miggy hit a liner that easily cleared the fence in left center after Sale left a slurve out over the plate.

For the Tigers, Justin Verlander was vintage through six, yielding only one run on an RBI single by Tyler Saladino. But then he got gulled by Alex Avila, who is known for seldom offering at first pitches (or second, third, etc.). He led off the seventh by taking his ex-battery mate deep on a first-pitch cookie to tie things at two runs apiece. Before the inning ended, the Sox put runners at the corners with two outs, but Verlander talked manager Brad Ausmus into leaving him in, then whiffed Melky to end the threat.

With two outs in the top of the 8th, Robin Ventura allowed himself to be similarly dissuaded by the Sox ace after Miggy reached second on a single and error on CF Adam Eaton. A major difference, though: The batter, Victor Martinez, is batting nearly .500 for his career against Sale. The Tiger DH hit a rocket that Sox second baseman Saladino snabbed on a short hop before flipping to Jose Abreu for the third out. So neither starting pitcher got a decision, and it was left for Sox reliever Chris Beck to give up a three-run homer by Justin Upton in the 11th. The Sox scored once and had the tying run at bat when Saladino took a called third strike to end it.

That's all folks: Two great pitchers went toe-to-toe.

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