New-look Tigers overpower Red Sox to even series
Detroit manager Jim Leyland shuffles line-up and reaps reward as his side win 7-3 to even the American League Championship Series at 2-2
A revamped Detroit line-up beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Wednesday to even the American League Championship Series at 2-2.
Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs for the Tigers, who host game five on Thursday before the series moves back to Boston for the final two games.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland dropped Austin Jackson to eighth in the batting order and moved everyone else up a place, and it paid dividends as Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk off Jake Peavy for the first run of Detroit’s five-run second inning.
“It just helped me relax,” Jackson said. “That was the goal. To get me to relax a little, be patient get a good pitch and let the rest take care of itself.”
Tigers starter Doug Fister allowed one run in six innings as the hosts hung on to an early lead, having blown a 5-0 advantage in game two.
Jackson, who had been 3-for-33 with 18 strikeouts in the play-offs before Wednesday, finished with two singles and two walks. Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits for the Red Sox, finishing a homer shy of the cycle.
Leyland’s shuffle of the line-up made for an odd-looking order. Hunter hit lead-off for the first time since 1999 and Cabrera was second for only the third time in his career – and first since 2004.
“It gave us a different mindset to make things happen,” Hunter said.
In game five on Thursday, the Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez faces Boston’s Jon Lester in a rematch of game one, which was won by Detroit 1-0.