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Cabrera, Fielder hit back-to-back HRs; Tigers hold off Red Sox

Aug 2, 2012 - 3:22 AM Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder crushed back- to-back home runs as part of a five-run fifth inning and the Tigers held off the Red Sox, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Cabrera's 26th homer of the season was a two-run shot, while Fielder followed with his 17th of the year to help the Tigers salvage the final game of the series and wrap up a nine-game road trip at 3-6.

"That's huge, obviously," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland of Cabrera and Fielder's back-to-back shots. "They're pretty good at doing what they do and tonight they did what they do."

Rick Porcello (8-6) surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 frames to earn the victory, while Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth to secure his 21st save of the season.

Aaron Cook (2-5) was tagged for six runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings to take his fourth loss in his last five starts.

"He works quick and doesn't walk people but a lot of times those groundballs find holes," remarked Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine of Cook.

Carl Crawford smacked a solo shot for his second home run of the season, but the Red Sox saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Boston plated a run in its first at-bat as Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to lead off the frame. Ellsbury moved to third on Dustin Pedroia's fly out two batters later and after Adrian Gonzalez walked, Cody Ross delivered a two-out single to right to score Ellsbury for a 1-0 lead.

Detroit battled back in the fourth as Fielder crushed a two-out double off the Green Monster in left before scoring on a seeing-eye single up the middle from Brennan Boesch to knot the game at 1-1.

The Tigers then jumped in front for good with a five-run fifth inning as Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta stroked consecutive singles to start the frame.

Ramon Santiago then bunted both runners up a base and Austin Jackson followed with a base hit through the left side to plate Avila before Quintin Berry's RBI groundout made it a 3-1 contest.

Cabrera then launched a two-run shot over the Green Monster before Fielder deposited the next pitch over the wall in straightaway center field to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead.

Pedroia, Gonzalez and Ross stroked consecutive singles in the sixth as the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs.

Pedroia then scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double-play groundout before Will Middlebrooks served a single into right field to score Gonzalez as the Red Sox pulled within 6-3.

Phil Coke entered and walked Ryan Kalish before Pedro Ciriaco slapped a single into right field to plate Middlebrooks and trim the margin to two runs.

In the seventh, Crawford belted a leadoff homer into the Boston bullpen in right to bring the home team within 6-5, but Delmon Young cracked a one-out homer in the eighth that just snuck inside the right-field foul pole to restore the Tigers' two-run lead.

Game Notes

Cook hasn't earned a victory since June 29 at Seattle...The teams split 10 games this year to wrap up the season series at 5-5...Middlebrooks has a career-high, nine-game hitting streak...Craig Breslow, who the Red Sox acquired on Tuesday, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.








  • DETROIT: 7
    BOSTON: 5
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    Aug 1 10:45 PM


  • Alex Avila struck out looking. None on with two outs and Jhonny Peralta due up.

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  • Carl Crawford lead-off Home Run (2) to right center. Dustin Pedroia due up.

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  • Pedro Ciriaco single to right scored Will Middlebrooks with two outs. On the play, Ryan Kalish advances to third. Runners on first and third and Jacoby Ellsbury due up.

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  • Phil Coke enters the game for the Tigers with a runner on first and two outs.

    Tigers 6, Red Sox 3  Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 1 9:23 PM


  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia ground ball double play, second to short to first scored Dustin Pedroia with two outs. Cody Ross out at second Adrian Gonzalez advances to third. Runner on third and Will Middlebrooks due up.

    Tigers 6, Red Sox 2  Bot 6, 2 OutsAug 1 9:22 PM


  • Craig Breslow enters the game for the Red Sox with none on and two outs.

    Tigers 6, Red Sox 1  Top 5, 2 OutsAug 1 8:50 PM


  • Quintin Berry ground out second to first scored Jhonny Peralta with two outs. On the play, Austin Jackson advances to second. Runner on second and Miguel Cabrera due up.

    Tigers 3, Red Sox 1  Top 5, 2 OutsAug 1 8:43 PM


  • Austin Jackson single to left scored Alex Avila with one out. On the play, Jhonny Peralta advances to third. Runners on first and third and Quintin Berry due up.

    Tigers 2, Red Sox 1  Top 5, 1 OutAug 1 8:42 PM
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  • Brennan Boesch single to center scored Prince Fielder with two outs. Runner on first and Delmon Young due up.

    Tigers 1, Red Sox 1  Top 4, 2 OutsAug 1 8:18 PM


  • Cody Ross single to right scored Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs. On the play, Adrian Gonzalez advances to second. Runners on first and second and Jarrod Saltalamacchia due up.

    Tigers 0, Red Sox 1  Bot 1, 2 OutsAug 1 7:33 PM


  • DETROIT: 0
    BOSTON: 0
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