Sox handle Verlander, but still lose

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

The Tigers came from behind to beat the Red Sox 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, but the score doesn't even begin to tell the story of what took place.

The Red Sox got to Detroit starter Justin Verlander for four runs on seven hits over five innings; they made him work, too, with 112 pitches.

With the Tigers leading 2-0 in the top of the second inning, Ryan Lavarnway singled home one run and Jacoby Ellsbury hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. The teams each added a run in their respective halves of the third inning, and Boston took the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI ground out by Shane Victorino.

The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Andrew Bailey started the inning giving up singles to two of the first three hitters he faced. With the bases loaded, Andrew Miller hit Jhonny Peralta to force in the tying run.

The drama really unfolded in the bottom of the eighth inning when the umpires ruled that Daniel Nava had dropped a fly ball in right field (pictured) when it was clear that the ball was dropped on the transfer from glove to throwing hand. Torii Hunter drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Prince Fielder drove in two more with a ringing single up the middle.

Jonny Gomes drove in the final run for Boston with a single in the top of the ninth.

The bad news - Bailey was ineffective again, Toronto won again. The good news - the Yankees lost.

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