Tigers 7, Red Sox 5

Mike Shalin, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


BOSTON -- Baseball's scariest 1-2 punch delivered in the fifth inning at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder hit back-to-back Aaron Cook curveballs for home runs, producing the last three runs of a five-run inning. That powered the Detroit Tigers to a 7-5 victory over Boston that ended the Red Sox' four-game winning streak.
The win was only the second in the last seven games for the Tigers, who finished a 3-6 road trip by averting a sweep of the three-game series.
Cabrera came through with a man on, blasting a 2-2 pitch out of Fenway for his 26th homer (and his major league-leading 86th and 87th RBIs) of the year. Fielder, who doubled earlier, followed with No. 17 to chase Cook, who fell to 2-5 by losing his fourth consecutive decision. His last win was June 29.
The Tigers had a 6-1 lead after the homers and held off a charge that saw the Sox close to within 6-5 on Carl Crawford's solo homer in the seventh before Delmon Young his 12th homer in the eighth.
Rick Porcello, 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in three previous career starts against the Red Sox, worked 5 2/3 innings and earned the victory to raise his record to 8-6. Three innings of perfect relief from Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde nailed down the victory with Valverde earning his 21st save.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jacoby Ellsbury grounded a hit through first baseman Fielder for a double, and scored on Cody Ross' two-out bloop single.
As Porcello settled down (he struck out the side in the second), the Tigers weren't doing much with Cook. But they tied the game in the fourth and could have had more.
Quintin Berry was hit by a 0-2 pitch leading off and was picked off by Cook; on a questionable call by umpire Vic Carapazza. With two out, Fielder doubled off the Green Monster and, after getting hit behind the ear with a Cook pickoff throw, scored on Brennan Boesch's single. Delmon Young then drilled a pitch to deep right-center that Ellsbury ran down before tumbling into the bullpen barrier. He wasn't hurt.
The catch loomed larger when the Tigers score five runs in the fifth.
Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta opened with singles and Ramon Santiago bunted them over. Austin Jackson got one run in with a ground-ball single and Berry made it 3-1 with a groundout. Jackson was on third via a wild pitch when Cabrera unloaded a home run. Fielder then homered into the center-field bleachers on the next pitch to make it 6-1 and bring left-hander Craig Breslow on for his Red Sox debut.
NOTES: The back-to-back homers marked the third time this season (second time on the road trip) Cabrera and Fielder pulled it off, the fifth time for the Tigers as a team. ... After winning Tuesday night's game in relief, right-hander Clayton Mortensen was sent to the minors, making room for Breslow, who was acquired from Arizona on Tuesday. The Sox also placed Daniel Nava (both wrists) on the disabled list and summoned catcher Ryan Lavarnway from Class AAA Pawtucket. He was needed because catcher Kelly Shoppach fouled a ball off his shin Tuesday night. Nava is the 23rd player (a total of 27 transactions) disabled by Boston this season. ... Boston's Mike Aviles (toe) missed his fourth consecutive game, while David Ortiz (Achilles), eligible to come off the DL Wednesday, reported improvement but isn't quite ready. ... Tiger manager Jim Leyland flip-flopped Boesch (from No. 6 to 5) and Young, both struggling, in the batting order. They were a combined 3 for 8 Wednesday. ... The Red Sox host the Twins for four games starting Thursday night. The Tigers, who finished a nine-game road trip, have a day off before hosting the Indians on Friday night. Newly acquired Anibal Sanchez makes his second Tiger start Friday night. ... Former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette threw out the first ball, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1962 no-hitter. The pitch was caught by Clay Buchholz, who threw one 45 years later.