Wakefields hopes to follow Halama’s quality start with one of his own as the Red Sox play the Detroit Tigers in the third game of their four-game series at Comerica Park.
Doug Mirabelli hit his third career grand slam and Halama limited Detroit to two runs in five innings in his first start of the year to help Boston beat the Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday.
“We needed it. That’s why we brought him in,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Halama. “He gave us five really good innings tonight.
Halama won for the first time since last October when he beat the Tigers while pitching for Tampa Bay. Halama, pitching in Wells’ spot in the rotation, didn’t walk a batter and struck out two.
“I kept the ball down tonight, which is what I obviously need to do,” Halama said. “Everything pretty much worked.
The 38-year-old Wakefield is looking to rebound from his first poor outing of the year.
Wakefield was cruising with an AL-leading 1.75 ERA in four starts before getting roughed up for five runs in a 7-2 loss to Texas in his last start on Friday. The veteran knuckleballer gave up six hits in 6 2-3 innings as his his ERA rose to 2.78.
Wakefield, who has taken Schilling’s spot in the rotation, won both his starts against Detroit in 2004 despite allowing eight runs in 13 innings.
Rodriguez went 2-for-4 to end a 1-for-15 slump at the plate. The All-Star catcher has been solid for the season with a .312 batting average, three home runs and 13 RBIs. He hit .334 with 19 home runs and 86 RBIs for Detroit in 2004.