Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/31/12

BOSTON - Max Scherzer pitched six innings and rookie Quintin Berry starred both offensively and defensively as the Detroit Tigers avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox with a 7-3 win over Boston on Thursday night.

Scherzer, who came into the game having struck out 24 batters in his last two starts (15 in one), won his third in a row to go to 5-3 on the season. The Red Sox, who beat him up for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in the first series of the season, scored three in the first three innings Thursday but that was it.

With lefties hitting .358 against the righty coming in, the Sox loaded their lineup with seven left-handed bats, and it paid off early. But Scherzer, who fanned six, allowed one hit over his last three innings to out-pitch loser Josh Beckett (4-5).

Three relievers worked three no-hit innings for the Tigers as the Red Sox failed to get a hit after Mike Aviles' infield hit leading off the fourth.

Berry, in only his ninth major league game, had three hits, two stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI. He also made a fine running catch to haul down a Daniel Nava drive in the seventh inning to keep the tying run from scoring.

Delmon Young hit a solo homer in the eighth and singled in a run in the ninth. Prince Fielder (two RBIs) tripled home a run in the ninth -- his 10th career triple, first in the American League.

Beckett was 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA over his previous three starts but gave up four runs in seven innings.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and also had a single for the Red Sox, but the catcher also had two throwing errors.

The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, after Boston's Ryan Sweeney nailed Delmon Young at the plate following Jhonny Peralta's fly ball down the right field line.

Saltalamacchia led off with his 10th homer. Sweeney singled and came around on Scott Podsednik's long two-out double, the Sox' major-league-leading 200th extra base hit of the season.

But Beckett, who allowed five homers to the Tigers in the second game of the season, quickly yielded three runs in the third. Berry and Brennan Boesch drove in runs before Fielder's two-out RBI single. The Sox opted to pitch to Fielder with a man on third and two out.

A double by Youkilis and Saltalamacchia's RBI single tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Berry's second stolen base of the game set the stage for Miguel Cabrera's tie-breaking single in the fifth.

The Tigers lost first base coach Tom Brookens and then catcher Alex Avila in the first three innings. Brookens was ejected before the start of the second by first base umpire Jeff Nelson. Brookens was still upset over Nelson apparently missing a call and calling Boesch out in the first inning.

Then, with two out in the Boston third, Avila took a Sweeney foul tip on the mask, sustaining a cut on the bridge of his nose that forced him out of the games. He was examined by a doctor and showed no symptoms of a concussion.

NOTES: An MRI on the left side of disabled Detroit righty Doug Fister showed no new damage, and there was optimism he won't miss the month he missed the first time he went down. But the Tigers have vowed to be cautious. ... Lefty Casey Crosby, called up to replace Fister, starts against the Yankees and CC Sabathia in Detroit Friday night. The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound in Toronto, facing Henderson Alvarez. ... Still no Red Sox move on Dustin Pedroia, who hopes to avoid the disabled list with his thumb injury, as Boston again played a man short. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who didn't start Thursday night, took grounders at shortstop and would be used there in an emergency. Middlebrooks' home run Wednesday night took 2.84 seconds to get over the left field wall, the fastest home run in the major leagues this season, according to ESPN. Middlebrooks is the fourth Red Sox player since 1918 to hit six homers in his first 24 games.

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