Alas, Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia struck out in the two at-bats that followed, and Ortiz flew out to right field on a full count to end the game.
End 8th, 7-2 Tigers: The bullpen pitched five innings without giving up a run, capped off by Felix Doubront pitching around a hit by pitch, walk and single in the eighth.
It’s now up to Xander Bogaerts and then the top of the order to try to mount a crazy rally.
Middle 8th, 7-2 Tigers: I said the Red Sox needed two or three, but all they got was three outs. Three in a row, actually, with pinch hitter Jonny Gomes popping up, Saltalamacchia striking out and Stephen Drew flying out to fould ground in left field.
End 7th, 7-2 Tigers: The Boston bullpen is doing a mighty fine job of keeping the score where it is, and it was Franklin Morales getting the job done in the seventh "
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