- Lousy starting pitching
- Good relief pitching
- Late inning rallies
- Great rookie performance
They fell behind early when starter Dontrelle Willis walked seven batters and allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings. They were then down 6-1 after Eddie Bonine allowed two more runs in the fifth. That would be all the runs the Red Sox would score as relievers Ryan Perry, Phil Coke, Joel Zumaya and Jose Valverde combined for seven shutout innings.
Large deficits early in the game have not daunted the 2010 Tigers and they showed their resilience again tonight. They scored three runs in the sixth to make it 6-4. The inning was highlighted by a two run triple by red hot rookie Brennan Boesch.
Magglio Ordonez closed the gap to 6-5 with a lead off homer in the eighth. Brandon Inge tied it at six with a double scoring Miguel Cabrera who had walked. Boesch was in the middle of that rally too getting a single prior to Inge's hit.
Boesch also tried to spark a rally in the tenth when he drilled a one out double but was left on second. We would have to wait a little longer for the comeback to be complete. The Tigers finally won it in the twelfth with singles by Magglio Ordonez, Boesch and a walk to Inge setting up Santiago's game winner.
Earlier in the day, I was wondering whether Brennan Boesch was for real. Tonight, he continued to be unreal in leading the Tigers to another fantastic comeback.