Polanco's RBI Lifts Tigs Over BoSox 10-9

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 12:03 AM CDT
Detroit Tigers' Placido Polanco scores from second base on a single by Carlos Guillen in the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, in Detroit.    (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – 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.