Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury is greeted at homeplate by teammate Dustin Pedroia after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Friday.
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DETROIT (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford homered in a five-run third inning to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 on Friday night.
Boston won for the 12th time in 14 games and have scored 34 runs in its last three.
Tim Wakefield (2-1) picked up his 195th career win, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings.
Rick Porcello (4-3) gave up a season-high six runs in three innings in his first start since allowing one hit in eight innings in a win over Pittsburgh.
Rookie Charlie Furbush kept the Tigers in the game with five shutout innings of relief. He has not allowed a run in 8 2-3 innings in his first two major-league appearances.
The Red Sox trailed 2-1 until taking the game over in the third. Ellsbury started the inning with a solo homer, his second in as many days. Dustin Pedroia walked, Adrian Gonzalez singled and Kevin Youkilis gave the Red Sox a 4-2 lead with a two-run double.
One batter later, Crawford hit his fourth homer to put Boston ahead by four runs. Crawford has nine hits in his last 12 at-bats, including two homers and seven RBIs.
The five-run inning was Boston’s third in the first two games of its four-game trip to Detroit.
The Tigers added a ninth-inning run off Jonathan Papelbon.
The teams traded first-inning runs, with Ellsbury scoring on a wild pitch before Miguel Cabrera’s single drove in Austin Jackson.
Detroit took a 2-1 lead on a massive second-inning homer by Jhonny Peralta. The ball, estimated to have traveled 430 feet, took one bounce in the right-centerfield stands and landed on the concourse between statues of Hank Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer.
NOTES: The Tigers traded 2B Scott Sizemore to Oakland before the game for LHP David Purcey. Sizemore was expected to replace Placido Polanco as Detroit’s everyday second baseman, but hit just .223 in his two major-league season. Purcey struggled early this year with Toronto, and was designated for assignment, but had a 2.13 ERA in nine games with the A’s. ... The last few innings of the game were played in an increasing fog. ... Boston has won nine of its last 12 games in Detroit. ... Wakefield played for Tigers manager Jim Leyland in Pittsburgh in 1992 and 1993. “He’s everything that's good about major-league baseball,” Leyland said before the game.
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