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Doubront Leads Sox To 7-4 Win Over Tigers

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Boston Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves, right, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4. (AP)
Boston Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves, right, and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrate after defeating the Detroit Tigers 7-4. (AP)

Felix Doubront pitched six innings of four-hit ball, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered on Monday to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers 7-4.

The victory was tainted by an injury to 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, who left in the fifth inning with a jammed right thumb. The Tigers played most of the game without manager Jim Leyland and third-base coach Gene Lamont, ejected following a disputed foul tip in the second.

Doubront (5-2) gave up home runs to Gerald Laird and Delmon Young and just a pair of singles. He struck out six and walked one.

Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer in the ninth, and Doug Fister (0-3) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

Felix Doubront pitched six innings of four-hit ball, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered on Monday to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers 7-4/

The victory was tainted by an injury to 2008 AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, who left in the fifth inning with a jammed right thumb. The Tigers played most of the game without manager Jim Leyland and third-base coach Gene Lamont, ejected following a disputed foul tip in the second.

Doubront (5-2) gave up home runs to Gerald Laird and Delmon Young and just a pair of singles. He struck out six and walked one.

Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer in the ninth, and Doug Fister (0-3) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

Ryan Sweeney, just activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list, had three hits and Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles and David Ortiz all had two for Boston, which bounced back after blowing a ninth-inning lead against Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Red Sox scored one in the first and then three more in the second, taking advantage of a controversial call that led to the ejections.

Aviles swung and missed at what could have been strike three from Fister, but the umpires ruled it a foul tip that was not caught on a fly by Laird, the catcher. Replays appeared to show that it was not tipped, and that Laird did glove it before it could hit the dirt.

Aviles then lined an RBI single to center. Daniel Nava doubled him home and scored on Pedroia's single to make it 4-1 and Adrian Gonzales hit an inning-ending groundout to first base.

Leyland came out to argue with third-base umpire Tim Tschida, joining an already angry Lamont. The manager had retreated to the dugout but was still apparently yelling at the crew when first-base umpire Bill Welke tossed him.

After making a "Who, me?" expression, Leyland came back onto the field to argue some more.

Boston added one more in the third on Saltalamacchia's homer, then solo runs on Will Middlebrooks' infield single in the sixth and Aviles' RBI double in the eighth.

Laird had two hits for the Tigers.

This program aired on May 28, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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