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Tigers rally late to beat Red Sox 7-5

AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Avisail Garcia lifted a fly ball to right field,
Daniel Nava drifted back to make the play - and then a sloppy
game swung in Detroit's favor for good.

Nava appeared to have the ball in his glove, but when it came
free second base umpire Mike DiMuro ruled there was no catch.
That was the first of two Boston errors that helped the Tigers
score three runs in the eighth inning en route to a 7-5 victory
over the Red Sox on Sunday.

"Sometimes it's your day, sometimes it isn't," Detroit manager
Jim Leyland said.

Justin Verlander struggled again for Detroit, but the Tigers
rallied to win when Boston made a complete mess of the last few
innings. The Red Sox allowed Detroit to tie the game at 4 in the
seventh on a hit batter with the bases loaded - and then in the
eighth, they gave up three runs on one hit.

Boston was convinced afterward that DiMuro had gotten the game's
key call wrong.

"I know I made the catch," Nava said. "Sometimes calls go your
way, sometimes they don't."

Nava, in right because Shane Victorino left the game with lower
back tightness, went back toward the wall and tried to make an
awkward-looking basket catch. A replay showed he might have lost
the ball while transferring it from his glove to his throwing

"To have a catch, you have to have complete control and
voluntary release," said crew chief Ted Barrett, the third base
umpire. "(DiMuro) had him with control, but did not have the
voluntary release. When he flipped the ball out of his glove, he
never got it into his hand. That's not voluntary release."

Boston manager John Farrell was ejected for arguing the call.

"When you spend the rest of the game in the clubhouse, you
probably have a difference of opinion," Farrell said. "Clearly,
the call was missed. He caught it, he went to transfer to his
throwing hand, dropped it at that point."

Garcia ended up on second, and Bryan Holaday's bunt also worked
out nicely for Detroit when pitcher Andrew Miller (0-2) threw
wildly to first for another error, putting runners at first and
third with nobody out in a tie game.

Austin Jackson walked, and Alex Wilson came on and allowed Torii
Hunter's sacrifice fly that gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Miguel
Cabrera was intentionally walked, and Prince Fielder hit a
two-run single off Craig Breslow.

Joaquin Benoit (2-0) got the final four outs for the Tigers,
although he allowed a run in the ninth.

The Tigers were fortunate just to tie it in the seventh. After
Jackson's leadoff single, Hunter hit a line drive that second
baseman Dustin Pedroia dropped. It appeared the Red Sox might
get a double play out of it, because Hunter was slow getting out
of the batter's box, but Jackson retreated to first.

Pedroia threw to first, retiring Hunter while Jackson was still
standing on the base. When Boston retired Hunter, it meant
Jackson was no longer forced to second, so he remained safely at

Cabrera and Fielder followed with singles to load the bases, and
after Victor Martinez struck out, Jhonny Peralta was hit by a
pitch to tie it at 4.

The Red Sox took a 4-3 lead in the fourth on Victorino's
run-scoring groundout.

Verlander allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. He
walked three and struck out four, and his ERA went up to 3.90.
It was the second straight start in which he lasted only five

"That's sports. There's ups and downs. Nobody's at the peak of
their game forever," Verlander said. "I'll get back there. I
will. It's just, like I said, finding that click - finding that

Detroit led 2-0 after the first inning, but Verlander gave up
two runs in the second.

The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the second, but
Verlander again couldn't hold the lead. Pedroia reached on an
infield single, and David Ortiz's single put runners on first
and third. Mike Napoli's grounder tied the game at 3.

Boston starter Felix Doubront was in trouble at the start,
walking the first two Detroit hitters and then allowing
Cabrera's double that bounced over the wall in center field for
the slugger's 75th RBI of the year.

Fielder's RBI groundout made it 2-0, but Jacoby Ellsbury made a
nice sliding catch in center on Peralta's drive for the third
out, preventing any more scoring.

Detroit loaded the bases for Hunter with two outs in the fourth,
but Victorino made a nice catch and held on while slamming into
the wall in foul ground in right.

Boston is giving Andrew Bailey a break from closing after he
lost Thursday's game at Detroit in the ninth inning. He came on
with a one-run lead in the seventh Sunday but allowed singles to
Jackson and Cabrera before giving way to Miller.

Detroit's bullpen has also been maligned this year, but Drew
Smyly pitched 2 2-3 scoreless innings before Benoit finished.

Fielder was Detroit's designated hitter, leaving Martinez to
make a rare appearance at first base. Martinez made a nice play
in the sixth, diving to his left to knock down Ellsbury's
grounder, then flipping the ball backward to Smyly, who covered
for the 3-1 putout.

Hunter made a tumbling catch in right for the last out of the

NOTES: Boston did not put LHP Franklin Morales on the DL after
he exited Saturday night's game with discomfort in his throwing
shoulder. Farrell said Morales would be evaluated thoroughly on
Monday. ... Both teams are off Monday. Boston returns home and
sends RHP Ryan Dempster (4-8) to the mound against Colorado RHP
Juan Nicasio (4-3) on Tuesday night. Detroit's homestand
continues Tuesday night. Tigers RHP Rick Porcello (4-4) faces
LHP C.J. Wilson (6-5) of the Los Angeles Angels.

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