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Tigers take down Red Sox, even ALCS at 2-2

Oct 16, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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The American League Championship Series is 2-2.

Tigers starter Doug Fister delivered six innings of one-run ball and the Detroit offense broke out in a major way in Wednesday night’s 7-3 ALCS Game 4 victory over the visiting Red Sox at Comerica Park. Fister dealt with at least one Boston baserunner in each of his six frames, but he was able to work out of those jams while racking up seven strikeouts. He surrendered eight total hits but issued only one walk.

Red Sox starter Jake Peavy pitched a perfect first inning, but the wheels fell off for him in the bottom of the second. He yielded five runs in that frame on three walks, two singles and a double, and then the Tigers tagged him for two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Peavy made it to just 65 pitches and has now yielded 21 earned runs in 18 1/3 career postseason frames, dating back to his days with the Padres.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland made a couple of bold moves with his lineup heading into Game 4, dropping Austin Jackson to the No. 8 spot and bumping Torii Hunter to leadoff. Miguel Cabrera hit second for the first time since 2004. And it all worked out perfectly. Jackson, who was buried in a postseason slump, snapped out of it for two hits, two walks and two RBI in four trips to the plate. Hunter and Cabrera also drove in two.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 and the Red Sox actually out-hit the Tigers, but that will soon be forgotten.

Game 5 of the ALCS is on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET in Detroit. It’ll be Jon Lester vs. Anibal Sanchez.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    The Tigers ate them raw. Thanks go out to Peavey and Pedroia for helping to make this win possible.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Correction: “Peavy”.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      Also to the Tigers players, who are paid to play baseball well and did so last night.

      Naaah. There’s only one team on the field, so whatever happened to them is the result of their, let’s say, manager.

  2. marc0626 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    This series is gonna go game 7

  3. happytwinsfan - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    sorry bosox but ever since you won your bloody sock (or whatever) series you ain’t lovable no more. this one’s going to motown. god’s will.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Yes, the Red Sox were more loveable when they didn’t win. Sorry that winning has been inconvenient for us.

      Cubs fans, pay attention. The same thing will happen to you. “We used to like you so much better” means “We liked beating you. That was fun!”

      • midjerseyfatcat - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        I think some guy named Bartman will be playing second base for the Tigers tonight since he can’t play for the Cubs any more. It had something to do with a contract dispute. Goats will be allowed in at no charge also after the seventh inning. Just remember one thing and that is if the Red Sox don’t win this series it won’t be the fault of Pedroia. I will take a team of nine guys like him any day of the week. On the other side of the coin there isn’t too much not to like about the Tiger players as well. Good clean hard played baseball is all you can ask for and both sides are delivering that.

        IMO I think Boston wins in seven games.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Good win for the Tigers! If Sanchez pitches like he did in game1, they can go back to Boston with Max and JV (of needed) on the hill. All positives for Detroit, especially if they can finally get some run support. The key will be limiting the damage by the bullpen, or keeping Leyland out of it.
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  5. km9000 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Funny how so many people laughed and proclaimed the Tigers and Dodgers were dead.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      Oh Yeah, I had it on good authority that the Tigers were dead, that the Red Sox had this thing called Momentum that gave them the edge.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      Yeah. Those people were stupid. The Tigers are a really good team. I don’t understand why anyone ever thought they were out of it.

      Stating the obvious: they’re two very good teams. The series is tied. They both had amazing offenses during the regular season and have had remarkable pitching performances in the regular and post seasons. I don’t see either team as having an obvious advantage. I’d lean toward the Tigers, but that’s probably because they won yesterday and it’s easy to overestimate the impact of one win.

  6. oct1868 - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    I was stunned how the manager of Red Sox just stayed in dugout and let a very obvious In trouble Peavy be humiliated.

  7. kastout11 - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    If the Tigers lose tonight, which I do not think will happen. I cannot see the Red Sox beating Verlander or Scherzer. Lester is tough, but Bucholtz has not looked the same since he came back at the end of the season and Lackey pitched out of his mind and will not repeat the performance in game 3.

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