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Detroit wins vs. Boston to even ALCS
DETROIT, Michigan (USA) - Detroit Tigers was outhit 12-0 by Boston Red Sox, but won 7-3 to even the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. This means that the Series will go back to Boston after Game 5 is played on Thursday.

Boston left a runner in both the first and second inning. In the first, Dustin Pedroia singled with two outs, but stranded on first base. In the second, Mike Napoli led off with a double, advanced on a grounder, but then was left on third base.

Detroit then struck with a 5-run rally in the bottom of the second inning off of Jake Peavy. The Tigers got the bases loaded when Victor Martinez led off with a single and both Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila walked. Next batter Omar Infante then flied out, but Peavy followed with another walk, this time for Austin Jackson to bring in the first run. Detroit added another run when Jackson was forced out on second base when José Iglesias grounded the ball to Dustin Pedroia. The second baseman tossed the ball to short stop Stephen Drew, who didn't appear to have full contact with the base while having possession of the ball. But Jackson was called out, leaving the Tigers with runners on first and third base. Moments later, Torii Hunter doubled to bring in both Avila and Iglesias and lift the lead to 4-0. The rally wasn't over yet, as Miguel Cabrera added a single that enabled Hunter to score the fifth run in the inning.

Boston left two more runners in the third inning and another one in the fourth, then saw Detroit add two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Omar Infante led off with a ground-rule double, then scored when Austin Jackson followed with a single. It marked the end for Jake Peavy, who was relieved by Brandon Workman. Jackson then stole second base and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by José Iglesias, then scored on a 2-out single by Miguel Cabrera to make it 7-0.

After Boston left another runner in scoring position in the fifth, the Red Sox finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth at bat. With one out, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all singled to bring in a run, but they again left two more runners.

In the seventh inning, Boston scored another run. Phil Coke took over for starter Doug Fister, but gave up a lead-off single to Jacoby Ellsbury and was replaced by Al Albuquerque. He was greeted with a double by Shane Victorino, which was followed by a grounder. This brought in another pitcher, Drew Smyly, who retired the next two batters, meaning another runner stranded into scoring position for the BoSox.

The Boston-pitching held Detroit scoreless after the fourth inning and after scoring runs in the sixth and seventh inning, the Sox scored again in the ninth. Joaquin Benoit started the ninth as new pitcher for Detroit, but gave up a lead-off ground-rule double to Xander Bogaerts, who entered the game in the bottom of the 6th as new third baseman. The infielder of the Dutch National Team then scored when Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a triple. But Benoit then struckout Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia. The game ended when David Ortiz flied out.

(October 16)

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