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“Our coaches, our staff make sure we got out there ready to play,” he said. “You always want to do that. It’s the way to play. You feel more comfortable.”
Ian Kinsler had four hits, and Cabrera added three and two RBIs as Detroit dominated in the first meeting since losing last season’s AL championship series to the eventual World Series champion Red Sox in six games.
“It really comes down to the starting pitching and the bullpen,” Detroit’s first-year manager Brad Ausmus said. “The starters have set the tempo and got us deep into the game. We’ve also got some big hits. Miggy and Victor have been hitting well all season long.”
Xander Bogaerts had two hits and an RBI for struggling Boston, which has lost a season-high four straight. 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.
“With the top of their order, any mistake we made, we paid for it,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “They came in swinging the bats well, and when Jake (Peavy) missed his location, that lineup made us pay for it.”
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.
“He was actually pretty crisp. Fastball, changeup, slider all looked pretty good,” Ausmus said. “Command around the zone was pretty good. We wanted to stop him around 85ish pitches. He got us through five. A pretty good first start back off the DL.”
Trailing 1-0 in the third, the Tigers scored three runs off Peavy (1-2). Cabrera’s RBI single tied it before Martinez followed with his homer into Boston’s bullpen. They made it 4-1 on Cabrera’s sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Peavy 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.
“We just caught a team when they were hot and they played better throughout the series than we did,” Peavy said.
Hunter’s homer, which cleared the Green Monster and left Fenway Park entirely, made it 6-2 in the seventh.
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