Stellar Pitching Caves Late in Loss

April 11

Manning pitches for Detroit against Wacha, who started against the Red Sox in the clinching game of the 2013 World Series and took the loss for the Cardinals. The Tigers load the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, and Meadows scores on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. That’s all Wacha allows for the inning, and he’ll take it! This is the first time this year the opponent has scored first. Meadows makes a sliding catch in left to keep Araúz off the bases and pick up the second out of the third.

Leading off the fifth, Martinez picks up Boston’s first run (and hit) of the afternoon with a homer to left to tie it at 1-1. This one is a pitching duel. Cabrera picks up a double to right with two out in the bottom of the sixth. Now he is one hit shy of the coveted milestone that is 3,000 hits in a career. A strikeout strands him. With a runner at first and nobody out in the bottom of the eighth, Báez smacks a homer to deep left to make it 3-1 Detroit. It’s the 150th of his career. That leads to a pitching change. With a runner at first and one out, Schoop hits a ground-rule double to left that puts two in scoring position, but they are stranded, which still gives the Sox a chance. Devers doubles to left with one out in the ninth but is stranded as the Tigers’ big hit holds up for the win.