Thursday May 31, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks each hit two-run homers, Kevin Youkilis had a solo shot and the surging Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Wednesday night.

The Red Sox have won for the 14th time in 19 games but remain in last in a jammed AL East.

Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 5 with three doubles and drove in a run for Detroit, which has dropped the first three of a four-game series in Fenway Park.

Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of doubles for Boston, his second breaking a 4-all tie in the seventh.

The Red Sox can close out the sweep Thursday night when Josh Beckett faces Tigers righty Max Scherzer.

Matt Albers (1-0) gave up a game-tying hit, but retired one batter to get the win. Alfredo Aceves collected his 13th save in 16 chances.

With the Tigers trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Jon Lester was pulled after he fanned the final batter he faced -- Quintin Berry -- and Albers entered with a runner on second. Danny Worth reached on an infield hit before Cabrera looped one down the right-field line that bounced off Gonzalez's glove as he attempted a sliding catch near the short wall, tying the game.

But Gonzalez's ground-rule double moved Boston back in front 5-4 in the bottom of the inning. Daniel Nava drew a two-out walk and Mike Aviles singled off reliever Octavio Dotel (1-2).

The Tigers had built a 3-0 lead against Lester with a run in the first and two in the third before Boston rallied with four after two outs in the fourth against starter Drew Smyly.


Advertisement

The Red Sox entered the game leading the majors with homers (24) and extra base hits (61) against left-handed pitching. After being held to just an infield single, they added to those numbers with their big fourth.

After Smyly got the first two batters on a fly to the track in center and a strikeout, Boston collected five consecutive hits -- highlighted by the two-run homers by Ortiz and Middlebrooks. Ortiz hit a shot into the center-field bleachers -- his 12th of the season -- and Middlebrooks had a line drive into the first row of the seats above the Green Monster.

Lester gave up four runs, 10 hits, struck out seven and didn't walk anyone over 62 3 innings.

Smyly allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.

Lester, coming off his second-worst start of the season when he lasted only four innings and gave up seven runs in a loss to Tampa Bay last Friday, gave up three straight singles to load the bases before Delmon Young's run-scoring grounder made it 1-0.