The Tigers led the Red Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night. The teams traded runs, and Detroit took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning. Then, Boston went off. David Ortiz tied the game with a solo homer in the fourth, and Dustin Pedroia gave Boston a 5-4 lead with a sac fly in the fifth. The Red Sox proceeded to score eight in the sixth in an inning highlighted by a Will Middlebrooks grand slam and a two-run Daniel Nava homer. The Red Sox added five more in the seventh thanks to two-run homers from Ortiz and Ryan Lavarnway. Finally, they added three more in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run Mike Napoli homer. All in all, the Red Sox mashed eight homers in the victory. All in all, the final ended up being 20-4 in favor of the Red Sox. Every starter but Dustin Pedroia reached base, and every starter but Shane Victorino and David Ross drove in at least one run. Hell, the Boston bench drove in five runs, more than the entire Tigers team. It's just a shame we didn't get a position player on the mound for Detroit.
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Game of the Night: Cardinals 5, Reds 4 (16 innings). This meets my usual analogy, to an extent. After a Carlos Beltran RBI single in the sixth tied the game at three, the teams went into drought of offense until the 14th inning. The St Louis bullpen threw five perfect innings in the middle of all that, while the Cardinals offense did threaten with men on the corners in the 11th, but came away empty-handed. Then in that 14th inning, Matt Adams led off with a solo homer to put the Redbirds ahead. In the bottom of the inning, Ryan Ludwick led off with a single, and just like Tuesday night, Billy Hamilton pinch ran for him. And just like Tuesday night, Hamilton stole second. Unlike Tuesday night, it was a Zack Cozart RBI single that scored Hamilton to tie the game. In the 15th, the Cardinals got Kolten Wong to second with one out, but couldn't score while the Reds got Shin-Soo Choo to third, but a botched suicide squeeze ended their inning. Then in the 16th, Adams came through again with another solo homer. Carlos Martinez shut the Reds down, and the Cardinals picked up a game on both the Reds and Pirates in the NL playoff race.