Jacoby Ellsbury worked a bases-loaded walk off Tigers ace Justin Verlander to break a 1-1 tie as the Red Sox scored four times in the fourth in a 4-1 rain-shortened win over the Tigers at a soaked Fenway Park.
The Red Sox overcame the loss of Josh Beckett to back spasms after just 2 2/3 innings. The Red Sox starter allowed one hit and one run, walking two and striking two and hit a batter as the Red Sox earned their fourth straight win and moved to 53-51 on the season. Clayton Mortensen (1-0) earned the win, throwing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after Beckett left, allowing just one hit, and overcoming three walks. Mortensen was called up by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day after the team dealt Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik to Arizona for lefty reliever Craig Breslow right before the trade deadline.
Franklin Morales earned his first save of the season as he came on in relief of Mortensen in the sixth. He faced three batters, retired one, allowed one hit and walked one, and was in a bases load jam before rain stopped the game just after 9:30. The game was called after a rain delay of one hour, 45 minutes.
Verlander (11-7) pitched out of big trouble early, needing 35 pitches to get through the first inning. He escaped a bases-loaded jam when he struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia swinging. Verlander was not so lucky in the fourth when the Red Sox loaded the bases on singles by Cody Ross and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a walk by Kelly Shoppach. Pedro Ciriaco singled to tie the game. Ellsbury then worked the count full before the Verlander issed ball four.
The Red Sox added to their lead as Carl Crawford singled to second base, scoring on more run before an Omar Infante error allowed another run to cross the plate.
The Red Sox caught a big break in the sixth when the Tigers loaded the bases with two outs when torrential rains came. The game was never resumed and the Red Sox won as a result of leading the game entering the sixth.
The series concludes on Wednesday evening.
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