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BOSTON (AP) _ David Ortiz and Will Middlebrooks each hit two-run
homers, Kevin Youkilis had a solo shot and the surging Boston Red
Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Wednesday night.

The Red Sox have won for the 14th time in 19 games but remain in
last in a jammed AL East.

Miguel Cabrera went 4 for 5 with three doubles and drove in a
run for Detroit, which has dropped the first three of a four-game
series in Fenway Park.

Adrian Gonzalez had a pair of doubles for Boston, his second
breaking a 4-all tie in the seventh.

Red Sox Play Long VThe Red Sox can close out the sweep Thursday night when Josh
Beckett faces Tigers righty Max Scherzer.

Matt Albers (1-0) gave up a game-tying hit, but retired one
batter to get the win. Alfredo Aceves collected his 13th save in 16
chances.

With the Tigers trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Jon Lester was
pulled after he fanned the final batter he faced _ Quintin Berry _
and Albers entered with a runner on second. Danny Worth reached on
an infield hit before Cabrera looped one down the right-field line
that bounced off Gonzalez’s glove as he attempted a sliding catch
near the short wall, tying the game.

But Gonzalez’s ground-rule double moved Boston back in front 5-4
in the bottom of the inning. Daniel Nava drew a two-out walk and
Mike Aviles singled off reliever Octavio Dotel (1-2).

The Tigers had built a 3-0 lead against Lester with a run in the
first and two in the third before Boston rallied with four after
two outs in the fourth against starter Drew Smyly.

The Red Sox entered the game leading the majors with homers (24)
and extra base hits (61) against left-handed pitching. After being
held to just an infield single, they added to those numbers with
their big fourth.

After Smyly got the first two batters on a fly to the track in
center and a strikeout, Boston collected five consecutive hits _
highlighted by the two-run homers by Ortiz and Middlebrooks. Ortiz
hit a shot into the center-field bleachers _ his 12th of the season
_ and Middlebrooks had a line drive into the first row of the seats
above the Green Monster.

Lester gave up four runs, 10 hits, struck out seven and didn’t
walk anyone over 6 2-3 innings.
Smyly allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.

Lester, coming off his second-worst start of the season when he
lasted only four innings and gave up seven runs in a loss to Tampa
Bay last Friday, gave up three straight singles to load the bases
before Delmon Young’s run-scoring grounder made it 1-0.

Worth had a sacrifice fly and Prince Fielder a run-scoring
grounder to make it 3-0 in the third.

NOTES: The Tigers placed RHP Doug Fister on the 15-day DL before
the game with and will promoted 23-year old lefty Casey Crosby from
Triple-A Toledo to make his first major league start at home
against the Yankees on Friday. … Detroit purchased the contract
of C Omir Santos from Toledo on Wednesday after they optioned
INF-OF Ryan Raburn back to Toledo following Tuesday’s game. …
Manager Bobby Valentine said OF Darnell McDonald, on the 15-day DL
with a strained right oblique, would stay with the club for a few
days until he felt better. He had played with Triple-A Pawtucket in
three rehab appearances. … A big cheer went up when highlights of
the Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference final was shown on the
center-field scoreboard.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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