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BOSTON -- The Red Sox wasted no time doing what they couldn't do for 31 straight innings during their previous three games: Score.
Boston led 2-0 after facing just 10 pitches, hit three homers and ended a season-long six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
"We desperately needed to find a way to win a game," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said, "and we did."
The Red Sox went 3-6 on the road trip that ended Sunday night with a 5-2 loss to the New York Yankees. In the last three games, they totaled just two runs and 17 hits -- 16 singles and a homer. On Monday, Dustin Pedroia, Nick Green and Jason Bay all homered.
Pedroia hit Edwin Jackson's 10th pitch for his ninth homer after Jacoby Ellsbury led off the first with a double. The Red Sox had four hits in each of the first two innings -- after managing four hits in each of two games in New York -- and led 4-0 after three innings.
But it took a sacrifice fly by Green in the seventh to provide the go-ahead run after the Tigers tied the game 5-5 in the top of the inning.
"It's big if we can jump out and get runs early. That's what we want to do," Green said, "but we can't just be satisfied with runs early. Today was good for us to be able to score runs later in the game as well."
The Red Sox struggled to keep the 6-5 lead in the eighth after Detroit put runners at second and third when Magglio Ordonez doubled, Brandon Inge was hit by a pitch and Gerald Laird sacrificed. Then Ramon Ramirez (6-3) struck out Adam Everett, and Jonathan Papelbon retired Curtis Granderson on a foul to catcher Victor Martinez.
"I should have just put the ball in play," Everett said. "They were playing back. A groundball in the middle of the infield ties the game."
Papelbon got his 28th save in 31 opportunities. Zach Miner (5-2) took the loss.
Boston returned home 6½ games behind the Yankees in the AL East and tied with Texas in the wild-card race. With the win, Boston gained a game on the Yankees, who lost to Toronto, and moved a half-game up on idle Texas.
"Our biggest thing was - we're back home, just play the rest of the season as hard as we can and whatever happens happens. But were going to remain positive," Pedroia said. "There's a lot of games left."
After Pedroia's two-run homer, the Red Sox loaded the bases, but Kotchman ended the threat when he lined out to second baseman Polanco.
Then Green, who had just 10 hits in his previous 30 games, led off the second with his sixth homer. Ellsbury followed with a single, stole second and took third on an infield single by Kevin Youkilis. David Ortiz then singled in Ellsbury, giving Boston a 4-0 lead off Jackson.
"They've been struggling a bit offensively," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "I think they just obviously made up their mind, `Hey, he's going to be aggressive, we're going to be aggressive with him."'
Detroit cut it to 4-2 in the fourth when Miguel Cabrera was hit by a pitch, Ordonez tripled and Inge singled. Granderson's double and Thames' sacrifice fly made it 4-3 in the fifth and Bay hit his 22nd homer in the bottom of the inning.
|Nick Green gives Boston a much-needed win with his go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||1||1||0||0||1||3||.260|
|Placido Polanco, 2B||5||1||3||1||0||0||1||.280|
|Marcus Thames, LF||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.257|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||2||1||0||0||2||1||0||.329|
|Carlos Guillen, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.238|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Clete Thomas, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||0||1||1||0||1||1||.253|
|Gerald Laird, C||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.233|
|Adam Everett, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||4||.240|
|2B - Curtis Granderson (13, Penny), Marcus Thames (8, Delcarmen), Magglio Ordonez 2 (16, Penny, Ramirez), Gerald Laird (18, Delcarmen)|
|3B - Magglio Ordonez (1, Penny)|
|SF - Marcus Thames (3)|
|SH - Gerald Laird (8), Adam Everett (10)|
|RBI - Placido Polanco (53), Marcus Thames 2 (27), Magglio Ordonez (35), Brandon Inge (63)|
|2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (25), Marcus Thames (11)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Magglio Ordonez 1|
|Zach Miner (L,5-2)||2||2||1||1||0||0||0||4.60|
|HBP - Youkilis (by Edwin Jackson)|
|WP - Fu-Te Ni (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 104-60, Fu-Te Ni 49-26, Zach Miner 34-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 2-6, Fu-Te Ni 3-3, Zach Miner 3-3|
|Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 23, Fu-Te Ni 9, Zach Miner 8|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||2||2||0||0||0||4||.301|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||1||1||2||1||1||1||.299|
|Victor Martinez, C||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.311|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.219|
|J.D. Drew, RF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.254|
|Jason Bay, LF||3||1||1||1||1||0||2||.253|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||3||0||2||0||1||0||3||.281|
|Nick Green, SS||3||1||1||2||0||1||3||.239|
|2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (18, Jackson)|
|HR - Dustin Pedroia (9, Jackson), Jason Bay (22, Ni), Nick Green (6, Jackson)|
|SF - Nick Green (3)|
|RBI - Dustin Pedroia 2 (50), David Ortiz (62), Jason Bay (76), Nick Green 2 (34)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (27)|
|SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (51, 2nd base off Jackson/Laird)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Youkilis-Pedroia-Kotchman|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Manny Delcarmen (BS,2)||0.2||3||2||2||1||1||0||3.33|
|Ramon Ramirez (W,6-3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.37|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,28)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.85|
|IBB - Cabrera by Manny Delcarmen|
|HBP - Cabrera (by Brad Penny), Inge (by Ramon Ramirez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 93-56, Manny Delcarmen 26-15, Ramon Ramirez 13-8, Jonathan Papelbon 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 7-8, Manny Delcarmen 1-0, Ramon Ramirez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Penny 25, Manny Delcarmen 6, Ramon Ramirez 5, Jonathan Papelbon 4|
|Attendance - 37960|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Scott Barry|