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The American League Championship Series is now a best of 3. The Tigers roar out to a 7-0 lead and cruise to a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox in ALCS Game 4. The series is now tied at two games a piece with game 5 set for Thursday in Detroit.
Detroit, after scoring just six runs in the first 3 games of the series, put up a five-spot in the bottom of the 2nd inning highlighted by four Jake Peavy walks and booted double play ball by Red Sox 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia. Peavy's four-pitch bases loaded walk to Austin Jackson (hitting .077 at that point) gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with one out. The next hitter, Jose Iglesias, hit what looked to be a sure double play that Pedroia bobbled, allowing just the force out at second. Torii Hunter (2B) and Miguel Cabrera (1B) followed with RBI hits to boost the Tigers edge to 5-0.
Doug Fister got the win for Detroit allowing just one run on eight hits in six innings. Peavy lasted only three innings, giving up seven runs on five hits and three walks.
Jacoby Ellsbury banged out four of Boston's 12 hits on the night.
Before the game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland shuffled his lineup sending leadoff man Jackson to the 8th spot and moving everyone else up, leaving Hunter to leadoff and Cabrera hit second. It worked as the trio combined for five hits and six RBI's for the win.
For Thursday's game 5, it'll be Jon Lester vs. Anibal Sanchez in a rematch of game 1, a game won by Sanchez 1-0.