Koji Uehara

Closing Time: Pleasure, pain for Red Sox in win over Tigers

Rob Bradford
August 07, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Up until the last out of the Red Sox' 7-2 road win over the Tigers on Friday night, everything was going the visitors' way. David Ortiz hit another home run, this one coming off Tigers lefty starter Daniel Norris. Both Rusney Castillo and Xander Bogaerts notched three-hit games, helping the Sox offense total 13 hits for the night. And Red Sox starter Joe Kelly turned in one of his best outings in quite a while. But with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, Ian Kinsler hit a line drive back up the middle that struck Koji Uehara in the right forearm. While the closer managed to pick up the ball and fire it to first for the game's final out, Uehara looked in excruciating pain while being escorted off the field by trainer Brad Pearson. Following the game, Uehara confirmed to reporters he hadn't suffered a break in his injured arm. "I consider that my whole body is a glove once I release the ball. That happens," Uehara told reporters through a translator. In regards to managing a throw for the final out, he said, "Once I released the ball, I didn't have too much strength in my hand. It sort of caught me when I didn't put too much muscle or too much strength in it. It wasn't too much of pain." Uehara was forced to come into the game after reliever Justin Masterson had loaded the bases, proceeding to strike out Jose Iglesias before the Kinsler at-bat to record his 25th save. Earning the win was Kelly, who allowed two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two. The righty's first six outs all came on strikeouts. The bad news was that Kelly hasn't pitched past the sixth inning in the majors since June 12. The Red Sox offense managed to rough up Norris, the centerpiece of the Tigers' deal that sent David Price to Toronto. The southpaw lasted just 3 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits. The biggest blow against Norris came from Ortiz, whose 22nd homer of the season was of the two-run variety, making it 4-0 after three innings. Besides Castillo and Bogaerts, the only other Red Sox hitter to come away with a multiple-hit game was Hanley Ramirez, who plated a pair with first-inning double. It was just the left fielder's third extra-base hit since the All-Star break. Travis Shaw, who replaced Mike Napoli at first base after the Red Sox' sent the veteran to the Rangers just prior to first pitch, went 0-for-5. Also of note was former Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias getting into a shoving match with teammate James McCann in the Tigers' dugout during the sixth inning. For a recap, click here. For a box score, click here.