BOSTON (AP) -- The last lead was the only one that mattered for
the Detroit Tigers.
Carlos Pena went 3-for-4 and drove in the game-winning run in
his first game for Detroit on Sunday as the Tigers beat the Boston
Red Sox 9-8 despite squandering the lead four times.
''It was a back and forth game,'' said Pena, a native of nearby
Haverhill who went to college at Northeastern and had nearly a
dozen family members in the stands. ''I'm glad I gave the fans a
The Tigers led 1-0, 4-2, 5-4 and 8-6, but every time the Red Sox
came back, tying it at 8 on Brian Daubach's second homer of the
game, a two-run shot in the sixth.
''Neither team gave up,'' Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra
said. ''They just came out on top.''
Rich Garces (0-1) walked the bases loaded in the eighth before
Pena hit a hard grounder to the right of Garciaparra. He fielded
the ball deep in the hole, but had no chance to make a play
Pena was acquired from the Oakland Athletics early Saturday
morning in a three-team trade that sent pitcher Jeff Weaver to the
New York Yankees. He flew from the West Coast to Boston on Saturday
night and joined the team Sunday morning.
''I didn't think I'd be back to Boston so soon,'' Pena said.
Jeff Farnsworth (2-1) pitched 2 2-3 innings for the win,
allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Juan Acevedo pitched
the ninth for his 14th save, getting pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez on
a fly ball to the warning track for the final out.
Garces gave up one run on three walks in 1 2-3 innings but left
the bases loaded for Chris Haney, who allowed Pena's hit.
Trot Nixon had three hits for Boston, which fell two games
behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Jose Offerman was
2-for-3 with two walks, but Garciaparra failed to drive him in each
time, leaving six men on base.
''It was one of those days where guys were going to hit no
matter who came to the mound,'' Boston second baseman Lou Merloni
Pena was the 46th player the Tigers have used this year,
surpassing the total from all of last season. ... The Tigers will
have just one representative at the All-Star game for the eighth
consecutive year. The Red Sox will have a major-league high seven
players represented, counting Pedro Martinez, who has opted not to
attend. ... Tigers 1B Randall Simon missed his second straight game
for personal reasons. ... Detroit 2B Damion Easley was not in the
lineup on Sunday, one day after being hit on the left hand by a
pitch from Pedro Martinez. An MRI exam was scheduled for early this
week. ... The Red Sox allowed children to run the bases after the
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