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Friday, June 21, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 10, Tigers 6
By Chuck Pleiness, Special to ESPNBoston.com
DETROIT -- A lot of good things can happen when you string together hits in an inning.
And that's just what the
Boston Red Sox
did in the fourth inning against the
at Comerica Park Friday night.
With one out in the fourth, Boston saw six consecutive batters reach base via a hit to push across four runs and drive Tigers starting pitcher
from the game en route to a 10-6 win to even the four-game series.
With one out in the fourth,
started things with a solid single.
That was followed by a bloop single from
and then an infield single by
on a hit-and-run to load the bases.
delivered the next hit, a two-run double. Then,
drove in two more runs with a single.
was the last Red Sox batter to reach base on a grounder that snuck through the infield between third and shortstop.
Tigers relief pitcher
ended Boston's mini hit parade by getting slugger
to bounce into an inning-ending double play.
The six consecutive hits were a season high for the Red Sox in an inning, topping the old mark of five they pulled off twice earlier this season.
Boston's last streak of five straight hits occurred on June 8 in the ninth inning at home against the
Los Angeles Angels
The six hits were one shy of tying the mark for most hits in an inning this season, set back on June 9 at Tampa Bay.
Friday's big fourth inning nearly went to waste as Detroit got four runs back in the bottom of the fifth, aided by a three-run homer from
and a solo shot to begin the inning by
, all off starter
Lester gave up five earned runs on nine hits for a second consecutive outing, but did snap a personal two-game losing streak.
In his past three outings, Lester has allowed 17 earned runs and has seen his ERA balloon from 3.60 to 4.57.
Victorino led the offense with four hits and five RBIs. Ellsbury had two hits, plated two and scored twice. Drew (three runs) and Iglesias finished with three hits apiece, while
and Pedroia had two hits each.
In all Boston totaled 17 hits in the game, two shy of its season high.
Saturday's pitching matchup is scheduled to be Boston's
(0-1, 11.74) opposed by Detroit's