Tigers maul Red Sox, 6-2

Tigers maul Red Sox, 6-2
May 18, 2014, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON -- The Red Sox went through all of last season without losing more than three games in a row. This year, they didn't make it to Memorial Day.

The Sox were beaten soundly by the Detroit Tigers, 6-2, resulting in a sweep of the three-game series, and giving them their first losing streak of four games since the final days of the 2012 season.

It also marked the first time the Red Sox had been swept at home by American League team in a series of 3 games or more since 2012.

The Tigers, who sport the best record in the American League, got five innings from starter Anibal Sanchez, who was making his first start this month after suffering a blister on his finger.

Miguel Cabrera's RBI single and a two-run homer by Victor Martinez accounted for a three-run third inning and all the offense the Tigers would need off Jake Peavy (1-2).

The Tigers got solo run in three straight innings. Cabrera added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, catcher Alex Avila singled home a run in the sixth and Torii Hunter homered off Junichi Tazawa in the seventh.

Jake Peavy, around whom the Sox reshuffled their rotation so he could pitch Sunday night, allowed five runs in six innings, though, for the first time this season, he didn't issue a single walk.

Boston managed to score first when Xander Bogaerts singled home Grady Sizemore (single) in the second, the second RBI in as many games for the rookie shortstop.

The only other run came in the fifth when a throwing error by third baseman Don Kelly enabled Dustin Pedroia to slide home safely with the bases


STAR OF THE GAME: Miguel Cabrera

The game's best hitter had three hits and knocked in two runs for the Tigers, who finished off a sweep of the Sox. Cabrera doubled in the first, singled home Ian Kinsler in the third and delivered a sacrifice fly in the fifth. He later added a single in the ninth.


Kinsler did what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do -- get on base and score runs. He reached base in four of his five plate appearances and scored runs in the third and the fifth.


The Sox wanted Peavy to start this game over Felix Doubront -- and juggled their rotation to do so -- because Peavy was a better match against the Tigers' right-handed hitters. But he wasn't on this night, allowing nine hits to righties. He allowed 11 hits overall.

TURNING POINT: In the fifth, trailing 4-1, the Sox loaded the bases with one out, but managed to come away with just one run -- and that run was unearned, thanks to an error by third baseman Don Kelly. When Grady Sizemore hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing double play, the Sox were pretty much done.

BY THE NUMBERS: For the first time this season, Jake Peavy didn't walk a hitter.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Listen, everybody in here is frustrated, we get frustrated when we lose. Detroit is as good as any team in baseball. You have to play flawless baseball to beat them and obviously we didn't do that in any game and that's frustrating. - Jake Peavy