Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Boston Red Sox' 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers:
* "On a night when (Clay) Buchholz was unavailable, (Matt) Barnes was unavailable, we were trying to get him as deep as possible to get us into those middle innings and possibly beyond.'' John Farrell on sticking with starter Steven Wright as long as he did.
* "We finally take the lead and I go out there and walk the first two guys. You can't do that. The guys kept battling back and for to dig another hole, it's tough.'' Steven Wright, recounting his fifth inning after the Red Sox had rallied to go ahead 5-4.
* "That's the guy you want. No other guy on the team, regardless of whether (someone else) is going 5-for-5. He's the guy that you want in that situation. He's done it so many times in his career. I'll pick him any day, before anyone.'' Xander Bogaerts on David Ortiz, who came to the plate in the ninth representing the potential winning run, but hit into a game-ending double play.
* The Red Sox are just 5-9 against Detroit since 2014.
* The loss means the Red Sox will lose this series, their first after winning or tying six straight.
* David Ortiz has now had 12 seasons with 25 or more homers, second-most in Red Sox history behind Ted Williams
* Ortiz tied Joe DiMaggio for 95th place on baseball's all-time run list with 1,390.
* Mookie Betts enjoyed his fifth multiple-double game of the season.
* For Betts, it was his 43rd multi-hit game this season, most in the majors.
* Dustin Pedroia (single) reached base safely for the 29th straight game
* Four of the nine players in the Tigers lineup -- Victor Martinez, Jose Iglesias, Mike Aviles and Jarrod Saltalamacchia once played for the Red Sox.
1) Jarrod Saltalamacchia
The former Red Sox catcher had three hits on the night, none bigger than in the fifth when his two-run single was the key hit in the four-run inning.
2) Miguel Cabrera
Three batters into the game, Cabrera drove a pitch from Steven Wright out to right field for a quick 2-0 Detroit lead and the slugger's 20th homer of the season.
3) David Ortiz
Ortiz couldn't come through when he represented the potential winning run in the ninth, but he got the Red Sox back into the game in the third when his three-run homer almost erased the Tigers' 4-0 head start.
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