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Tigers beat Red Sox, tie ALCS at 2

Detroit Tigers’ Austin Jackson hits an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four of the ALCS.

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Detroit Tigers’ Austin Jackson hits an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four of the ALCS.

DETROIT — Austin Jackson was dropped from first to eighth in the batting order, and suddenly the Red Sox couldn't get him out.

A revitalized Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating Boston 7-3 Wednesday to even the American League Championship Series at two games each.

Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after Leyland dropped the slumping Jackson in the order and moved almost everyone else up a place after a 1-0 Game 3 loss. Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk off Boston's Jake Peavy for the first of Detroit's five-run second inning.

"I think it just helped me relax," Jackson said. "That was the goal, to get me to relax a little, be patient, get a good pitch and let the rest take care of itself."

Detroit's Doug Fister allowed a run in six innings, and after blowing a 5-0 lead in Game 2, Detroit kept the Red Sox at bay.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits for the Red Sox, finishing a homer shy of the cycle.

Jackson had two singles and two walks. He was 3-for-33 with 18 strikeouts in the postseason going into the game, so Leyland moved him into a low-pressure spot. It made for an odd-looking order: Hunter hit leadoff for the first time since 1999, and Cabrera was second for the third time in his career, the first since 2004.

"That was pretty good," Hunter said. "(Leyland) switched things up, kind of shake it up a little bit. … 'Miggy' hitting second, me leading off. It gave us a different mind-set to make things happen."

Jackson found himself batting in a crucial situation right away, with the bases loaded and one out in the second. Peavy walked him on four pitches to force home the game's first run.

The Red Sox had a chance to halt that rally when Jose Iglesias hit a potential double-play grounder to second, but Dustin Pedroia bobbled the ball, and Boston had to settle for a forceout that brought another run home.

Hunter followed with a double down the leftfield line to make it 4-0, and Cabrera added an RBI single.

Jackson slapped a single past a diving Pedroia in the fourth to bring another run home.

Tigers beat Red Sox, tie ALCS at 2 10/16/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:58am]
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