Tigers sweep Sox in three-game series

Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski loses control of a pop-up against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday night.
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Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski loses control of a pop-up against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday night.
Posted May 18, 2014, at 11:56 p.m.

BOSTON — Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, and Miguel Cabrera added three hits and two RBIs to power the sizzling Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Detroit completed a rare three-game sweep at Fenway Park.

Right fielder Torii Hunter added a solo home run and second baseman Ian Kinsler had four hits for the Tigers, who won their sixth game in a row. Thanks to a 15-3 surge, Detroit owns baseball’s best record to 27-12.

The Tigers won their 11th straight on the road and earned their first sweep in Boston since taking four straight from June 6-9, 1983.

Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (1-2) allowed two runs — one earned — on five hits in five innings. Activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to game, the right-hander struck out three, walked three — one intentional — and threw 80 pitches in his return from a right middle finger laceration.

Five relievers held Boston to one hit the rest of the way.

Martinez’s 10th homer of the season, off Boston starter Jake Peavy in the third, gave the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish. Hunter belted his fifth of the year off Junichi Tazawa in the seventh.

The Red Sox, who scored just three runs in the series, lost for the fourth consecutive game, their longest skid since dropping their final eight games of 2012.

Peavy (1-2) allowed five runs and a season-high 11 hits over six innings, striking out two and walking none.

Boston took its first lead of the series in the second inning on shortstop Xander Bogaerts’ RBI single, but Detroit answered with three runs in the third.

Kinsler doubled and scored on Cabrera’s soft liner over the outstretched arm of third baseman Brock Holt. Martinez, Detroit’s designated hitter, made it 3-1 with a blast into Boston’s bullpen.

The Tigers tacked on another in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from first baseman Cabrera before the Red Sox cut it to 4-2 in the bottom half.

With the bases loaded and one out, Mike Napoli grounded to third baseman Don Kelly, whose low throw to home couldn’t be corralled by catcher Alex Avila. Sanchez limited the damage, though, starting a double play on center fielder Grady Sizemore’s liner back to the mound.

Avila’s RBI single in the sixth restored the three-run cushion.

NOTES: 1B Miguel Cabrera’s first-inning double was the 242nd of his career with Detroit, moving him into sole possession of 12th place on the club’s all-time list. He is two shy of tying Harvey Kuenn. … Boston CF Jackie Bradley Jr. snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a single in the second inning. … Boston RHP Jake Peavy allowed a homer in all nine starts this season. It is the longest active streak in the majors. … These teams meet only once more this season. Boston travels to Detroit for three games June 6-8.

 

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