Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Boston leads 2-1 (as of 6/5)

Game 1: Monday, June 3
Boston 6Final
in 10
Detroit 7
Game 2: Tuesday, June 4
Boston 10Final
Detroit 5
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5
Boston 11Final
Detroit 0
Game 4: Thursday, June 6
Boston 4Final
Detroit 3

Red Sox 11

(39-17, 24-6 away)

Tigers 0

(21-36, 14-14 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 5, 2002

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: D. Lowe (9-2)

    L: A. Bernero (1-2)

    S: C. Haney (1)

    Lowe gets high marks in rout of Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) -- It might have been cold and rainy at Comerica Park on Wednesday night, but Derek Lowe wasn't about to let that dampen his homecoming.

    Derek Lowe

    Derek Lowe has been helped greatly by the Red Sox's new way of conditioning.

    The native of nearby Dearborn became the American League's first nine-game winner, allowing two hits in six innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-0 Wednesday.

    "I had about 30 friends and family here tonight,'' Lowe said. "I'm sure everyone saw them, because with the weather, there were only about 45 people here, and they were all friends and family of someone in the game.''

    Nomar Garciaparra, Johnny Damon and Carlos Baerga each drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who improved to 24-6 on the road.

    "We have a lot of confidence when Derek is out there,'' said Damon, who has 10 hits in three games against Detroit. "Once we get a run for him, we know he will do the job.''

    Lowe (9-2) left after six innings, allowing two infield singles and a walk, striking out two. Lowe has now gone 104 innings without allowing a homer.

    "He pitched a heck of a game,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. "They got two hits and neither of them even got out of the infield. That's what we have come to expect from him.''

    Lowe extended his scoreless streak against the Tigers to 28 1/3 innings.

    "His ball moves all over the place and he never throws you a pitch down the middle,'' Detroit's Bobby Higginson said. "That's what makes him tough. He'll give up a homer someday, since it only takes one mistake, but he's got great stuff.''

    Chris Haney, called up Monday, pitched the final three innings for his first major league save in 173 appearances.

    Adam Bernero (1-2) took the loss, allowing nine runs on 10 hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. In three games against Boston, no Tigers starter has lasted longer than 3 1/3 innings. The Tigers have lost six of seven.

    "I've never had a streak like this, and I hope I don't have another,'' Tigers manager Luis Pujols said.

    Boston's first seven hitters reached base in the second inning on five singles, a walk and a double. The only out in that span came when rightfielder Robert Fick threw Trot Nixon out at the plate.

    Boston scored four runs in the inning, and came back in the third with four more.

    "They got me a big lead, and that makes it easy,'' Lowe said. "I threw about 80 percent sinkers and just mixed in enough other stuff to keep them honest. You want to make them hit the ball and let them the guys behind you make the plays.''

    The Red Sox loaded the bases with two out in the third. Damon walked to force in a run, chasing Bernero. Baerga followed with what looked like a routine grounder to short, but Damon beat the throw to second, allowing Shea Hillenbrand to score. Garciaparra followed with a two-run single to make it 9-0.

    "Bernero was struggling with just about everything today, especially his command,'' Pujols said. "When you pitch from behind against that team, they will eat you alive.''

    Fick reached over the wall to rob ex-teammate Tony Clark of a seventh-inning home run, but the Red Sox made it 11-0 later in the inning on RBI singles by Damon and Baerga.

    Game notes


    Chris Truby hit both infield singles off of Lowe. ... In the last three games, Detroit's starting pitchers have allowed 19 runs in just 8 2/3 innings, for an ERA of 19.73. ... All nine Red Sox starters had at least one hit. ... With the last innings played in rain showers, rookie Bry Nelson pinch-hit for Garciaparra. ... Steve Sparks pitched four innings in relief -- two outs more than he managed as a starter in Monday's series opener. He last pitched in relief on June 17, 2001 in Arizona. ... Dmitri Young extended his hitting streak to 18 games, with a two-out double in the ninth. Bobby Higginson's ended at 13. ... The game-time temperature was 61 degrees.

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