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Ellsbury, Reddick (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

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By LARRY LAGE,  AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) _ Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer in a
five-run second inning, and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox went on
to rout the Detroit Tigers 14-1 in an eight-inning, rain-shortened
game Thursday.

The Red Sox, who beat Cleveland 14-2 on Wednesday, scored at
least 14 runs in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998.
Boston has won 11 of 13 and trail the AL East-leading New York
Yankees by percentage points.

Carl Crawford’s two-run triple gave the Red Sox a seven-run lead
and chased Max Scherzer.

Alfredo Aceves (2-0) allowed a run on five hits and struck out
six over six innings. Aceves made his second start with Boston and
the seventh of his career.

He has won his last 12 decisions, dating to 2009 when he was a
Yankees reliever, for baseball’s longest wining streak since Cliff
Lee won the same number of consecutive decisions with Cleveland
three years ago. Aceves’ previous 11 wins were as a reliever.

Crawford’s second triple made it 9-1 in the seventh inning. He
had two triples in a game for the eighth time in his career and the
first time since 2008.

The Red Sox didn’t let up, scoring five runs in the eighth. They
became the first team to score at least 14 runs three times in a
seven-day span since Atlanta did it in 2006, and the first to score
14 in back-to-back games since Texas in 2008, according to STATS,
LLC.

With an inning left to play, the umpires decided to start a rain
delay more than an hour after it started to rain. Almost an hour
later, the game was called.

Detroit had won three straight and poor pitching ruined the
streak.

Scherzer (6-2) gave up a season-high seven runs on seven hits
and two walks in two-plus innings, lasting fewer than five for the
first time this year. He has lost consecutive starts after winning
his first six decisions.

Scherzer’s first six pitches against the Red Sox were balls,
then they roughed him up as soon as he started throwing the ball
over the plate.

Detroit avoided getting shut out when Alex Avila hit an RBI
single in the fourth to make it 7-1. The Tigers had a chance to get
closer in the fifth, getting two in scoring position with only one
out only to have Brennan Boesch pop up in foul territory and Miguel
Cabrera strike out.

NOTES: The Red Sox plan to pitch RHP Bobby Jenks for an inning
for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday and Sunday. Jenks has been on the
DL since May 5 with strained biceps. … Detroit OF Magglio
Ordonez, on the DL with an injured right ankle since May 11, is
scheduled for “baseball activity” before Friday’s game. … Red
Sox RHP John Lackey, on the DL since May 16 with a strained elbow,
is scheduled for a bullpen session Friday. He’ll make a rehab
outing Tuesday for Pawtucket. … Detroit LHP Adam Wilk made his
major league debut, allowing two hits and an unearned run over 3
2-3 innings. … The Red Sox put OF Darnell McDonald (left
quadriceps) on the DL and called up OF Josh Reddick, who had a
single in his first at-bat for them this year. … Red Sox OF
Daniel Nava cleared waivers and was outrighted to Pawtucket. …
… Boston leads the majors with a 17-7 record this month. …
Tigers RHP Robbie Weinhardt cleared waivers and was outrighted to
Triple-A Toledo.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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