Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - One team's offense broke out in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series and the other's stayed dormant despite a slew of scoring opportunities.
Detroit erupted for five runs in the second inning, knocked Jake Peavy out in the fourth and let Doug Fister and the bullpen do the rest as the Tigers evened the best-of-seven series against the Boston Red Sox with a convincing 7-3 victory at Comerica Park.
Jim Leyland shuffled Detroit's lineup after his club combined for six runs over the first three games of the ALCS, and the moves paid dividends.
Torii Hunter replaced Austin Jackson in the leadoff spot and contributed a two-run double, while Jackson, perhaps motivated by the demotion to the No. 8 spot in the order, went 2-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored.
Miguel Cabrera, batting second instead of third, also had two hits, knocked in a pair and even stole a base for the reigning AL champs, who saw Fister (1-0) scatter eight hits and a walk over six innings of one-run ball.
The first LCS start for Peavy (0-1) was a forgettable one. The former Cy Young Award winner surrendered seven runs on five hits and three walks and was pulled without recording an out in the fourth.
Boston's bats woke up with 12 hits -- four from Jacoby Ellsbury -- but the Red Sox went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.
Game 5 on Thursday will see Detroit's Anibal Sanchez square off against Boston ace Jon Lester once again. Sanchez, along with four relievers, came within two outs of notching the first combined no-hitter in postseason history in the series opener, which ended with the Tigers earning a tight 1-0 win.
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