Red Sox stumble, lose 4th straight vs. Tigers 6-2

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BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox didn’t lose four straight games at any point during their run to a World Series title in manager John Farrell’s first season.

They certainly aren’t playing anything like that this year, especially after a lost weekend against red-hot Detroit.

Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, Torii Hunter added a solo shot and the streaking Tigers won their 11th straight road game to complete a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 6-2 victory Sunday night.

“Can’t say we’re getting bad luck. We’re still looking for a key basehit with runners in scoring position,” Farrell said. “I know that’s a reoccurring theme, and it certainly took place in this series. Inopportune moment.”

Xander Bogaerts had two hits and an RBI for Boston, which has lost a season-high four straight and managed just three runs in the series. It was the first time the Red Sox were swept at home in a multigame series by the Tigers since losing four in June of 1983.

Detroit’s first-year manager Brad Ausmus even felt his team faced the Red Sox at the right time.

“The truth is, we probably caught Boston a little cold,” he said. “You catch them on a hot streak, it’s probably a different story. We caught them on a little bit of a downturn offensively.”

Jake Peavy (1-2) was tagged for five runs on 11 hits in six innings. He has given up at least one homer in each of his nine starts, the majors’ longest active streak.

“Everyone in here is frustrated,” Peavy said. “You get frustrated when you lose. Detroit’s 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.”

Farrell also knows his team isn’t even playing close to the Tigers.

“They’re very good. There doesn’t appear to be a weak link,” he said. “Their bullpen pitched outstanding, their defense overall played very well, starting rotation was strong, and as well as the top half of that lineup is swinging the bat right now, they’re a very, very good team.”

It was the sixth consecutive win and 15th in 18 games for the Tigers, who have the majors’ best record at 27-12.

Ian Kinsler had four hits, and Miguel Cabrera added three and two RBIs as Detroit dominated in the first meeting since losing last season’s AL championship series to the eventual champion Red Sox in six games.

Boston’s David Ortiz went 0 for 2 with two walks, ending his 10-game hitting streak.

Anibal Sanchez (1-2), activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day after being sidelined since April 27 with a blister on his right middle finger, worked five innings for the victory. Last season’s AL ERA champ gave up two runs - one earned - and five hits, striking out three and walking three, including one intentional to Ortiz on a 3-2 pitch.

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