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BOSTON, MA - JULY 30: Will Middlebrooks #64 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammate Adrian Gonzalez #28 after hitting a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the 8th inning during the game on July 30, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – JULY 30: Will Middlebrooks #64 of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by teammate Adrian Gonzalez #28 after hitting a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the 8th inning during the game on July 30, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) _ Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking homer and drove
in three runs to support Clay Buchholz’s eight solid innings,
leading the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 Monday night
for their third straight win.

The Red Sox opened a 10-game homestand _ their longest of the
season _ after taking two of three at Yankee Stadium over the
weekend.

Will Middlebrooks had a two-run homer and Carl Crawford added an
RBI triple for Boston.

Austin Jackson began the game with a homer and Miguel Cabrera
had an RBI single for the Tigers, who lost for the fourth time in
five games.

Buchholz (9-3) allowed two earned runs and five hits. He
improved to 5-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his last eight starts.

Max Scherzer (10-6) gave up five runs in 6 1-3 innings, striking
out nine.

With the game tied 2-all in the sixth, Pedroia homered into the
first row of seats above the Green Monster after Crawford drew a
leadoff walk.

Detroit had taken a 1-0 lead when Jackson hit Buchholz’s second
pitch of the game into the first row of seats above the left-field
wall. Quintin Berry followed with a double off the wall, but the
right-hander retired the next three batters, grabbing Cabrera’s
hard one-hop shot back to the mound for the first out before
getting the next two easily.

Boston took a 2-1 edge in the bottom half. Jacoby Ellsbury drew
a leadoff walk and scored on Crawford triple’s off the left-field
wall. Crawford scored on Pedroia’s groundout.

The Tigers tied it at 2 in the third. Omar Infante tripled off
the left-field wall and scored on Cabrera’s single. But with the
bases loaded, Delmon Young bounced into an inning-ending double
play.

Buchholz then retired the next nine batters before Detroit
scored an unearned run in the seventh.

Brennan Boesch opened the inning by striking out, but reached
when catcher Kelly Shoppach had the ball get away from him and hit
Boesch as he was running to first on the missed third strike. One
out later, Alex Avila had an RBI double into the right-center field
gap, closing the score to 4-3.

In the seventh, Ellsbury’s RBI single _ the last batter Scherzer
faced _ came after Shoppach had his second career triple, sending a
drive to the center-field wall that caromed away from Jackson and
rolled toward left.

Scherzer was sharp after Boston’s two-run first, holding the Red
Sox to a pair of singles until Pedroia’s homer.

Middlebrooks homered off reliever Phil Coke in the eighth.

NOTES: Detroit’s Jim Leyland managed his 3,278th game, moving
him into 15th place all-time. … With the non-waiver trading
deadline approaching Tuesday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine
opened his pregame news conference by joking: “I’ve been assured
I’m not going to be traded.” … Valentine also said DH David
Ortiz, eligible to come off the 15-day DL after being sidelined
with a strained right Achilles, was unable do some agility running
over the weekend, but was “running in the pool” on Monday. “He’s
not far away (from returning), but I don’t know if Wednesday’s the
magical day,” Valentine said. … Shoppach’s other triple came at
Kansas City on May 7. … A roar and chats “USA! USA!” were heard
when the center-field board showed an updated Olympic medal count.
… The Red Sox took three of four from the Tigers at Fenway Park
in late May.

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

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