News

Tigers roar, tie up series

Tigers roar, tie up series

EYE OF THE TIGER: Detroit ties up the series in the race to the World Series. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – 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 before generating more than enough run support to separate from the Red Sox and even up the best-of-seven affair.

“It was awesome, we needed it,” Detroit’s Torii Hunter told reporters at Comerica Park.

“We knew we were down 2-1, but told ourselves ‘relax, have fun and just go out and play the game’.”

Manager Jim Leyland made a critical change to the Tigers lineup, dropping Austin Jackson from the leadoff spot to number eight and moving everyone else up in the order. It immediately paid dividends.

Thriving in his new spot, Jackson went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for his best game of the playoffs.

“I think it just helped me relax,” Jackson said. “That was the goal. To get me to relax, be patient get a good pitch and let the rest take care of itself.”

New leadoff hitter Hunter powered a two-run double during second-inning charge, 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.

David Ortiz, who delivered a memorable tiebreaking grand slam in Game Two, flied out with a man on base for the final out in the ninth.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits and an RBI for the Red Sox in the defeat.

Game Five is on Thursday back in Detroit.

Recent Headlines

in National

Divided House abandons vote on border bill

immigration

Congress will take a five-week vacation without addressing the immigration crisis.

in Sports

Ravens’ Rice publicly apologizes to wife for domestic violence

rayrice

The running back apologizes to his wife for hitting her, vowing to be an "ambassador against domestic violence."

in Music, Entertainment

Lorde curating ‘Hunger Games’ soundtrack

lorde

The 17-year-old pop star is recording a single for the third installment of the franchise.

in Entertainment

David Cassidy reportedly skips court for race track

cassidy

The '70s heartthrob was reportedly at the race track while his attorney was in court representing him on a drunken driving charge.

in National

Jobless claims up, wage growth starting to push higher

jobs

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a stronger labor market.