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June 24, 2013

Tigers rally late in eighth to top Sox

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Cabrera and Fielder followed with singles to load the bases, and after Victor Martinez struck out, Peralta was hit by a pitch to tie it at 4.

The Red Sox took a 4-3 lead in the fourth when Ryan Lavarnway drew a leadoff walk, went to third on a one-out double by Jacoby Ellsbury and scored on Victorino’s groundout.

Verlander allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out four, and his ERA went up to 3.90.

Detroit led 2-0 after the first inning, but Verlander gave up two runs in the second on an RBI single by Lavarnway and a sacrifice fly by Ellsbury.

The Tigers went ahead in the bottom of the inning when Lavarnway’s passed ball allowed Holaday to score, but Verlander again couldn’t hold the lead. Pedroia reached on an infield single and David Ortiz’s single put runners on first and third. Mike Napoli’s grounder tied it at 3.

Boston starter Felix Doubront was in trouble at the start, walking the first two Detroit hitters and then allowing Cabrera’s double that bounced over the wall in center field for the slugger’s 75th RBI of the year.

Fielder’s RBI groundout made it 2-0, but Ellsbury made a nice sliding catch in center on Peralta’s drive for the third out, preventing any more scoring.

Detroit loaded the bases for Hunter with two outs in the fourth, but Victorino made a nice catch and held on while slamming into the wall in foul ground in right.

Boston is giving Andrew Bailey a break from closing after he lost Thursday’s game at Detroit in the ninth inning. He came on with a one-run lead in the seventh Sunday but allowed singles to Jackson and Cabrera before giving way to Miller.

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