He might just go on forever.
“As long as Wake wants to keep working the way he does, I don’t see any reason for this to stop,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He’ll be done when he wants to be done, I guess.”
The 44-year-old held the Detroit Tigers to two runs on five hits in seven innings Friday, as the Red Sox picked up their 12th win in 14 games, winning 6-3.
“I’m just doing what I’ve always done—trying to help my team win games,” said Wakefield, who picked up his 195th career win.
He’s been with the Red Sox since 1995, picking up a pair of World Series rings.
Wakefield started his lengthy career in Pittsburgh, playing for current Tigers manager Jim Leyland in 1992 and 1993.
“He’s everything that’s good about major-league baseball,” Leyland said.
“I was fighting my mechanics for the first two innings, but that big third really helped,” Wakefield said. “When the guys give you that kind of cushion, it gives you some wiggle room to make those adjustments.”
“In my last start, I had command of all my pitches,” Porcello said. “This time, I was fighting it. I was just trying to find a rhythm and a release point.”
The Red Sox trailed 2-1 until taking the game over in the third. Ellsbury started the inning with a solo homer, his second in as many days. Pedroia walked, Adrian Gonzalez(notes) singled and Kevin Youkilis(notes) gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead with a two-run double.
One batter later, Crawford hit his fourth homer to put Boston ahead by four runs. Crawford has nine hits in his last 12 at-bats, including two homers and seven RBIs.
The five-run inning was Boston’s third in the first two games of its four-game trip to Detroit.
“Obviously, we are swinging the bats really well right now,” Pedroia said. “We’re playing great baseball, but we know enough that we’re not going to get satisfied with ourselves.”
Detroit took a 2-1 lead on a massive second-inning homer by Jhonny Peralta(notes). The ball, estimated to have traveled 430 feet, took one bounce in the right-centerfield stands and landed on the concourse between statues of Hank Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer.
NOTES: The Tigers traded 2B Scott Sizemore(notes) to Oakland before the game for LHP David Purcey(notes). Sizemore was expected to replace Placido Polanco(notes) as Detroit’s everyday second baseman, but hit just .223 in his two major-league season. Purcey struggled early this year with Toronto, and was designated for assignment, but had a 2.13 ERA in nine games with the A’s. … The Tigers called up LHP Andy Oliver(notes) from Toledo to start Saturday’s game and optioned reliever Ryan Perry(notes) to the Mud Hens. … Leyland said after the game that Ryan Raburn(notes) will take over as Detroit’s everyday second baseman. … The last few innings of the game were played in an increasing fog. … Boston has won nine of its last 12 games in Detroit.