Tigers roar to tie up AL series with Red Sox
The Detroit Tigers made sure they did not waste another starting pitching gem with a breakout 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday that tied the American League Championship Series at 2-2.
The Tigers unleashed their bats in Game Four with a five-run second inning, generating more than enough run support to separate from the Red Sox at home Comerica Park and even up the best-of-seven affair.
Torii Hunter powered a two-run double during the early charge and Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 to build a 7-0 lead with his second RBI in the fourth inning as Detroit responded strongly to consecutive tough defeats.
After claiming the series opener last week, the Tigers lost a five-run lead in Game Two and were shutout 1-0 in Game Three, despite pitchers Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander combining to strike out 23 and allow just two runs in those defeats.
Detroit's Doug Fister followed form by allowing just one run and striking out seven batters in six innings Wednesday as the Tigers avoided another letdown.
Boston's man on the mound, Jake Peavy, was blasted during three innings that saw him surrender seven runs.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia got the Red Sox on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the sixth inning, and they added runs in the seventh and ninth but there would be no comeback this time.
Game Five is on Thursday back in Detroit.