May 26, 2018
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Tigers hand slumping Sox third straight loss

Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera had a solo home run, an RBI single and a double in his team's 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox Saturday night at Fenway Park in Boston.
By Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange

BOSTON — The roaring Detroit Tigers won their 10th straight road game, the fifth on their current trip, cruising to a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

Right-hander Rick Porcello, who had a 10.42 ERA in five previous starts against Boston, worked eight solid innings for his sixth straight win and the sizzling Miguel Cabrera had a solo home run (his seventh homer of the year), an RBI single and a double for Detroit (26-12).

Cabrera notched his 29th and 30th RBIs in the last 22 games. The first baseman is batting .374 with six homers over that span.

The Tigers, 13-4 on the road, stroked five doubles and Cabrera’s RBI single in a nine-batter span over the fifth and sixth innings, knocking John Lackey (5-3) out of the game and making him winless in his last four starts.

Porcello (7-1) became the third seven-game winner in the majors. He yielded six hits and walked one while throwing a season-high 110 pitches.

Left-hander Phil Coke worked the ninth inning.

Rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts lined a solo homer (No. 2) and had his first RBI since April 24 for the Red Sox, who dropped their third straight to fall to 20-22. Mike Napoli added three singles.

Saturday marked the 11th time this season they scored two runs or less in a game — they are 0-11 in those games.

The Tigers swept a three-game series in Baltimore and have three in Cleveland after finishing in Boston on Sunday night.

Lackey suffered the 100th loss (to go with 133 wins) of his career.

On Friday night, the Tigers scored the only run of the game in the first inning but left the bases loaded. On Saturday, they took a 1-0 lead in the second inning but could have had more.

Detroit loaded the bases with nobody out on two hits and a walk. Catcher Alex Avila drove in a run when second baseman Dustin Pedroia dived to his left to grab Avila’s shot and got a force at second. But Lackey pitched out of further trouble.

Cabrera delivered with two outs in the third, a fly ball to the short corner in right field, near the Pesky Pole.

The Red Sox had the bases loaded and two out in the fourth, but catcher A.J. Pierzynski grounded out. The Tigers then stroked three doubles and a single and were robbed of another hit on a diving stop by Pedroia, scoring twice for a 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth — and Bogaerts led the bottom half with his first homer since April 17.

NOTES: Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season, this time for a fractured right index finger suffered Friday night when he tried to catch a line drive with two hands. He did not catch the ball and also got hurt. 3B Brock Holt, who played well when Middlebrooks was out in April, was recalled and was in the lineup on Saturday night. … RHP Anibal Sanchez, out since April 27 with a finger blister, comes off the DL and pitches for the Tigers against Boston RHP Jake Peavy on Sunday night. … Red Sox RF Shane Victorino returned to the lineup after missing two games with a knee injury. … According to local news reports, a 22-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition after falling two floors down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park after Friday night’s game. The door reportedly opened with the elevator two floors below.


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