Red Sox veteran Mike Lowell blasted two home runs on what should have been a night off for him, propelling Boston to victory over the Detroit Tigers 7-5 last night at Fenway. The substitution took place when Kevin Youkilis was hit by a Rick Porcello fastball in the bottom of the second. Knowing this wasn’t the first time Detroit pitchers have thrown at Youkilis this series, he took action and charged the mound. After a bench clearing brawl that followed, Lowell took over the clean-up spot in place of the ejected Youkilis. “It feels great. I think I still do things even though I’m not playing that day to get myself ready in case I need to go in the game,” said Lowell. “I think the situation we have now is kind of unique and kind of weird. I just try to get myself ready.” Lowell has been on a tear lately hitting .368 since the All-Star break, despite him not seeing his name in the lineup every day.
Rookie Junichi Tazawa pitched solid in his starting debut, letting up just four hits with three runs in five innings. From there the Red Sox bullpen shut down the Tigers; the only minor scare coming in the 9th inning when Curtis Granderson hit a two run shot of Jonathan Papelbon to make it 7-5. “In the past few days, everything has happened all of a sudden,” said Tazawa. “I didn’t expect to be in the Major Leagues and I didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. Things have just been happening very fast for me. I didn’t think I would get the win today, and I’m very happy that I did.”
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