- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - David Ortiz’s drive was plenty deep - and more importantly, it was headed toward the right part of the ballpark.

“I think I broke my own record for hitting hard balls right at people,” Ortiz said. “After you put a good swing on the ball, the next hope is the ball travels where nobody’s at.”

Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, snapping their five-game losing streak.

The Red Sox left men on base all night long, including when Ortiz was retired on a deep flyball to center in the seventh, but there was no doubt about his homer off Joba Chamberlain, which carried about halfway up the section of seats beyond the wall in right.

Chamberlain (1-3) was trying to protect a one-run lead instead of struggling closer Joe Nathan, who had pitched the previous two nights.

John Lackey (7-4) pitched eight sharp innings for Boston, and Koji Uehara tossed a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera left in the sixth with left hamstring tightness.

Brock Holt had four hits for Boston, including a leadoff single in the ninth with the Red Sox down 3-2. After a one-out walk by Dustin Pedroia, Ortiz connected for his 14th homer of the season.

“Obviously, that’s one of the last guys you want to face in any key situation, and he showed everyone why again tonight,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “He did what he has done in his whole career.”

Lackey allowed two earned runs and seven hits, and it looked as if he would have to settle for a complete-game loss for the second consecutive game before Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead.

It was the only hit of the night for Ortiz, who lined out to third in the fifth because there was a man on second and the infield wasn’t shifted the way it probably would have been otherwise.

“That’s been my whole life this year - just hitting balls hard right at people,” Ortiz said. “When I saw the third baseman right there, I was like, ‘What are you doing there?’”

Mike Napoli also homered for Boston in his first game back from a finger injury. He finished with three hits, and Lackey figures Napoli’s presence in the on-deck circle helped Ortiz hit his go-ahead homer.

“They wouldn’t have thrown one near the strike zone if that dude wasn’t standing on deck,” Lackey said.

Boston’s previous seven series all ended in sweeps, with the Red Sox on the losing end of four. They avoided that fate Sunday despite leaving 10 men on base.

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