The Boston Red Sox took the lead against Detroit's bullpen, then realized their own closer was becoming far too unreliable.
Andrew Bailey allowed a two-run homer to Jhonny Peralta in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Thursday night. Boston manager John Farrell said after the game Bailey would be given a break from closing.
''We're going to back him out of there right now and try to get him fixed, so we'll look at some other internal options to close,'' Farrell said. ''His velocity hasn't come back since the DL stint, and although he says he feels fine, the results obviously aren't there.''
Bailey (3-1) missed time in May because of a biceps problem. Joel Hanrahan, Boston's top choice to close, is out for the season after elbow surgery.
Boston led 3-2 when Victor Martinez drew a leadoff walk off Bailey, and Peralta followed with a line drive over the fence in left field for his seventh homer of the year.
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