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(BOSTON, Mass.) -- In a rematch of the 2013 American League Championship Series, the outcome was decidedly different. With a 6-2 win on Sunday night, the Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight game and swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox.
The last time these two teams met, Boston completed an improbable Game 6 comeback to eventually move on and win their third World Series title in the last decade. Thanks to an impressive offensive performance, the Tigers got a small stroke of revenge and earned their first sweep at Fenway Park since 1983.
Boston took an early 1-0 lead on a Xander Bogaerts' RBI single in the second inning. The lead did not last long as Detroit scored three times in the third. Miguel Cabrera knotted the score with an RBI single before Victor Martinez launched his tenth home run of the season, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.
Detroit owns the best record in the majors at 27-12 and has now won 11 consecutive games on the road and 15 of their last 18 overall.
"It really comes down to the starting pitching and the bullpen," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "The starters have set the tempo and got us deep into the game. We've also got some big hits. Miggy and Victor have been hitting well all season long."
That same blueprint led to success on Sunday night. Anibal Sanchez (1-2), returning from a brief stint on the disabled list, went five innings allowing just two runs on five hits. Meanwhile, Tigers hitters roughed up Jake Peavy (1-2), scoring five runs and totalling 11 hits against the Red Sox (20-23) starter.
Ian Kinsler had four hits while Cabrera and Martinez each drove in a pair of runs. Tori Hunter added a solo shot in the seventh, increasing the lead to 6-2.
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