Placido Polanco hit a broken-bat, tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 10-9 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Boston had everything set up for its sixth straight win, rallying from a four-run deficit with its star closer on the mound.
But Papelbon (2-1) blew his first save in 11 chances by allowing two unearned runs. Matt Joyce hit a leadoff single off Papelbon in the ninth and shortstop Julio Lugo's fielding error created a jam. After Curtis Granderson's RBI groundout, Polanco blooped one over a leaping Lugo for his season-high fifth hit and Edgar Renteria trotted home with the winning run.