Series: Game 2 of 2

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/16)

Game 1: Monday, July 15
Boston 3Final
in 11
Detroit 4
Game 2: Tuesday, July 16
Boston 9Final
Detroit 4

Red Sox 9

(54-37, 30-16 away)

Tigers 4

(35-57, 21-24 home)

    2:05 PM ET, July 16, 2002

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    BOS 000001350 9 - -
    DET 300010000 4 - -

    W: J. Burkett (9-3)

    L: J. Farnsworth (2-2)

    Red Sox snap five-game skid

    DETROIT (AP) -- Smacking five hits did nothing for Manny Ramirez, avoiding a five-game losing streak did.

    One of Ramirez's hits was a go-ahead double in a five-run eighth, capped by Trot Nixon's grand slam, as the Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 to prevent their longest losing streak of the season.

    "It was a big win,'' Ramirez said. "Now we have our confidence and we're ready to go.''

    The Red Sox came back from a four-run deficit -- thanks in large part to Ramirez -- with a run in the sixth and three in the seventh.

    Ramirez singled and scored in the sixth, hit a two-run homer in the seventh, and his double scored Shea Hillenbrand in the eighth for a 5-4 lead. Ramirez was 5-for-6 with three RBI, three runs scored and three singles.

    "He's the best RBI guy I've faced throughout my career,'' said Detroit starter Steve Sparks, who began his professional career in 1987. "He's a great hitter, even if he's slumping.''

    Ramirez, who missed 39 games with a broken left finger and returned from the disabled list on June 25, entered the game with just three hits in 20 at-bats during this road trip.

    "I wasn't worried or panicked,'' Ramirez said. "I'm sure I'm going to be fine.''

    Nixon, who has six homers in three years at Comerica Park, has hit two of his four grand slams against the Tigers. His latest went 404 feet over the right-field fence off Jose Paniagua.

    "I just got a mistake pitch,'' Nixon said.

    The Tigers had won four of five and eight of 11 and had a chance to win their fourth straight series in nearly two years.

    Detroit overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Boston 4-3 in 11 innings on Monday night.

    "They probably felt like we do now, but that's baseball,'' Sparks said. "Sometimes you win games you shouldn't and sometimes you lose games you shouldn't. We feel like we should've won that game.''

    John Burkett (9-3) was solid after giving up three runs in the first. He went seven innings and gave up four runs, six hits, two walks, two hit batters and a balk. Burkett has won two straight for the first time since his starts on May 29 and June 4.

    Boston is only 30-30 since starting a major league-best 24-7.

    Jeff Farnsworth (2-2) gave up five runs, five hits and two intentional walks in 1 1/3 innings.

    Detroit went ahead after the first four batters reached base.

    Randall Simon hit a two-run single, and Bobby Higginson scored when Burkett balked on a throw to first, even though Simon was barely leading and Tony Clark was not covering the bag.

    George Lombard's homer in the fifth put the Tigers ahead 4-0.

    Damion Easley was hit by three pitches, tying the Tigers record set and matched in Boston by Bill Freehan in 1968 and Easley in 1999.

    Brian Daubach's RBI single began Boston's comeback in the sixth, and the Red Sox got even an inning later.

    Boston tied it at 4 with three runs on Ramirez's two-run homer and Daubach's triple, but Nomar Garciaparra stranded three runners for the second straight inning.

    Sparks gave up three runs, 10 hits, two walks and two hit batters in 6 1/3 innings.

    Game notes

    Ramirez is batting .335 with 11 homers and 43 RBI this season. ... The Red Sox have lost four straight twice this season. ... Boston won the season series 5-4. ... Boston's Johnny Damon leads major league outfielders with an errorless streak of 211 games, dating to May 3 last year. ... The Tigers have won eight of 13 games in July, already surpassing June's win total of seven and matching April's win total. ... Garciaparra, who batted leadoff for the second straight game, was 1-for-6 and is 3-for-24 on the road trip. ... Nixon is batting .348 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in his career against Detroit.

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