Red Sox 14, Tigers 5

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BOSTON (AP)—Manny Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox wiped out any thoughts of an extended slump.

Ramirez went 4-for-4 with his 23rd homer and the Red Sox hit a season-high nine doubles as they beat the Detroit Tigers 14-5 Monday night.

Ramirez is 6-for-8 after going hitless in 14 at bats and the Red Sox, who lead the majors with a .295 batting average, have scored 23 runs in their last two games after managing 17 in the previous six.

“We needed a game like this,” said Kevin Millar, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles. “It’s a matter of time with offense. We had a couple of good pitchers that shut us down, but it’s not going to last that long.”

After losing to Toronto’s Roy Halladay and Kelvim Escobar, the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays on Saturday and Sunday then got to Detroit’s Jeremy Bonderman for five runs in the second inning.

“They have solid pitching,” Boston’s Jason Varitek said of the Tigers. Bonderman “fell behind a lot of hitters and that forced him to throw to the bigger part of the plate.”

Bonderman (3-14) is the first 14-game loser in the majors but, in each of his previous seven starts, he went at least six innings and never allowed more than three earned runs.

On Monday, he allowed seven earned runs and left after the first two batters in the third got hits—a homer by Ramirez and a double by Millar.

“I left the ball up in the second inning and that’s what happens,” Bonderman said.

The Red Sox had 18 hits and batted around twice in a game for the second time this season. Ramirez broke his hitless string with a tying single in Boston’s 5-4 win Saturday.

“Manny started it off,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. “Statistically, they’re the best-hitting team in baseball and they proved it.”

Ramirez drove in three runs with a solo homer, two singles and a double. Bill Mueller and Jeremy Giambi also had two RBIs as Boston scored at least 10 runs for the 14th time in its 58 wins.

John Burkett (8-4) allowed three runs in five innings and is 5-1 in his last seven starts with the last three wins coming against Detroit, baseball’s worst team. For his career, he’s 6-0 in eight starts against the Tigers.

“I think I am still undefeated with 10 runs or more in my career,” he said with a laugh.

Burkett allowed just three singles in the first four innings before giving up three runs on five hits in the fifth. He was replaced in the sixth by Casey Fossum.

Fossum worked the last four innings for the second save of his career and first of the season.

Bonderman retired the side in order in the first but was replaced by Steve Sparks with the score 6-0 in the third. By the end of that inning, the score was 12-0.

Detroit reached Burkett in the fifth when Matt Walbeck singled, Alex Sanchez doubled and Warren Morris, Dmitri Young and Carlos Pena followed with RBI singles.

Boston made it 13-3 in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Nomar Garciaparra and Ramirez before Young hit his 20th homer, a solo shot in the seventh. Doug Mirabelli got Boston’s last double in the seventh, driving in the 14th run.

Boston’s first five batters in the second reached base, quickly making the score 4-0. The Red Sox loaded the bases on a single by Ramirez, a double by Millar and a walk to Trot Nixon. Mueller then doubled in two runs and Giambi singled in two more. Todd Walker doubled home the fifth run.

After Ramirez homered and Millar doubled in the third, Sparks loaded the bases on walks to Nixon and Giambi. The next five batters drove in a total of six runs on Jason Varitek’s sacrifice fly, Johnny Damon’s single, Walker’stwo-run double and singles by Garciaparra and Ramirez.


NASCAR driver Ricky Craven threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … The Red Sox batted around in the second and third innings, the second time this year that they batted around twice in a game. They also did it June 11 when they batted around in the second and seventh of a 13-1 win over St. Louis. … Boston’s record for most doubles in the game is 12 on July 29, 1990, atDetroit.

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