Final in 11

Series: Game 2 of 3

Boston leads 2-0 (as of 7/12)

Game 1: Friday, July 11
Game 2: Saturday, July 12
in 11
Game 3: Sunday, July 13

Red Sox 4

(55-37, 27-25 away)

Tigers 2

(24-67, 11-35 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 12, 2003

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    BOS 00001001002 4 9 1
    DET 00000101000 2 9 0

    W: T. Jones (3-4)

    L: F. Rodney (0-1)

    S: B. Kim (5)

    Damon homers, hits go-ahead single in 11th

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Boston bullpen again prevented Pedro Martinez from getting a win. It didn't stop the Red Sox from moving closer to first place.

    Todd Jones pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th and Johnny Damon singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th as the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

    Boston moved within one game of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Red Sox have made up three games in the past five days.

    Jones (2-0) loaded the bases after a triple by Andres Torres and two intentional walks, but struck out three in a scoreless 10th inning for the victory.

    "We're in a pennant race and I got to throw in a tight situation," Jones said. "I'm a former closer, so I've been in tough situations. I just concentrated on throwing my pitches."

    In the 11th, Kevin Millar doubled off Fernando Rodney (0-1) with one out and went to third on a passed ball. After Bill Mueller walked, Millar scored on Damon's single. Mueller, who went to third on the hit, scored on Jason Varitek's sacrifice fly to deep center.

    Byung-Hyun Kim got three outs for his fifth save in five chances.

    Martinez allowed four hits, struck out eight, walked one and threw two wild pitches. He allowed a leadoff triple to Alex Sanchez, then retired 15 Tigers in a row until Matt Walbeck doubled to start the sixth.

    Damon, who had three hits, got the Red Sox on the scoreboard with a fifth-inning homer. Detroit tied it in the sixth when Sanchez's sacrifice fly scored Walbeck.

    Trot Nixon hit his 14th homer in the top of the eighth, and Martinez left leading 2-1. But the Boston bullpen cost Martinez a win for the fifth time this season when Alan Embree gave up a two-out RBI double to Carlos Pena in the bottom half.

    "He's pitched well all year," Embree said of Martinez. "He's 6-2, but he could easily be 12-2. It's disappointing. It seems that every year there's a pitcher this happens to. It's unfortunate that it's happening to the best pitcher in the league."

    Detroit starter Matt Roney struck out a career-high seven in 6 2-3 innings. He gave up one run and four hits. ^Notes:@ Boston OF Manny Ramirez will not play in the All-Star game next week due to a sore left hamstring. He was replaced by Magglio Ordonez of the Chicago White Sox. Ramirez was the designated hitter Saturday and went 1-for-5 with a single. ... Detroit's first four hits went for extra bases, including three doubles. ... Little said before the game that pitcher Casey Fossum and outfielder Jeremy Giambi, both on minor league rehab assignments, will be recalled during or shortly after the All-Star break. ... Red Sox SS Nomar Garciaparra, who went 0-for-5, is 2-for-34 in his last eight games. ... Damon's homer was his first since June 13 at Kansas City. ... Detroit's Craig Monroe ended an 0-for-12 skid with a seventh-inning double.

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