Game 52: Red Sox beat Tigers, 5 - 1; Francona gets 500th win in Red Sox uniform

Red Sox - 102 002 000 - 5 9 0
Tigers - 100 000 000 - 1 9 2

Dice (5-6-1-3-6, 96) pitched out of two serious jams and after a trio of Red Sox relievers tossed three perfect innings, Jonathan Papelbon needed 35 pitches to get through the ninth: three singles followed by three strikeouts.

Daisuke Matsuzaka did what he does best last night:

a) Throw 96 pitches and only make it through five innings...

b) Walk three batters, but also strike out six batters...

c) Somehow manage to allow a baserunner in every inning and still only give up one run...

Dear Papelbon Panickers: They were cheap hits!