Josh Beckett reverted to his earlier season form on Thursday night, as he allowed four earned runs to the Tigers and the Red Sox lost, 7-3.
The Sox staked him to a 2-0 lead in the second, which included Jarrod Saltalamacchia's 10th home run of 2012. But Beckett gave it back in the third, as Detroit scored three runs. (The Tigers had second and third in the second inning with one out, but Ryan Sweeney nailed Delmon Young at the plate on a short fly to right.)
The Sox tied in the third on Kevin Youkilis' double, and an RBI single by the red hot Salty.
Detroit grabbed the lead for good in the fifth, and Max Scherzer settled in, and he and the Tiger bullpen shut down the Sox the rest of the way, allowing just a walk to Nick Punto in the seventh. He was the last man to reach for the Red Sox after the third inning.
The Tigers put the game away with two in the ninth off Rich Hill, and it included Prince Fielder's first triple in over one year.
This was the second time the Sox had a chance at a four-game sweep and didn't get it. They were beaten by Tampa Bay on Patriot's Day going for a four-game sweep, and proceeded to drop five straight.
The Red Sox play in Toronto this weekend, before returning back to Fenway next Tuesday for six games with Baltimore and Washington.