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Det 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 7 12 0
Bos 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 5 10 0
Date of game: 8/1/2012

Recap: Boston vs. Detroit

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder crushed back- to-back home runs as part of a five-run fifth inning and the Tigers held off the Red Sox, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Cabrera's 26th homer of the season was a two-run shot, while Fielder followed with his 17th of the year to help the Tigers salvage the final game of the series and wrap up a nine-game road trip at 3-6.

"That's huge, obviously," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland of Cabrera and Fielder's back-to-back shots. "They're pretty good at doing what they do and tonight they did what they do."

Rick Porcello (8-6) surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 frames to earn the victory, while Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth to secure his 21st save of the season.

Aaron Cook (2-5) was tagged for six runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings to take his fourth loss in his last five starts.

"He works quick and doesn't walk people but a lot of times those groundballs find holes," remarked Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine of Cook.

Carl Crawford smacked a solo shot for his second home run of the season, but the Red Sox saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

Boston plated a run in its first at-bat as Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to lead off the frame. Ellsbury moved to third on Dustin Pedroia's fly out two batters later and after Adrian Gonzalez walked, Cody Ross delivered a two-out single to right to score Ellsbury for a 1-0 lead.

Detroit battled back in the fourth as Fielder crushed a two-out double off the Green Monster in left before scoring on a seeing-eye single up the middle from Brennan Boesch to knot the game at 1-1.

The Tigers then jumped in front for good with a five-run fifth inning as Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta stroked consecutive singles to start the frame.

Ramon Santiago then bunted both runners up a base and Austin Jackson followed with a base hit through the left side to plate Avila before Quintin Berry's RBI groundout made it a 3-1 contest.

Cabrera then launched a two-run shot over the Green Monster before Fielder deposited the next pitch over the wall in straightaway center field to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead.

Pedroia, Gonzalez and Ross stroked consecutive singles in the sixth as the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs.

Pedroia then scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double-play groundout before Will Middlebrooks served a single into right field to score Gonzalez as the Red Sox pulled within 6-3.

Phil Coke entered and walked Ryan Kalish before Pedro Ciriaco slapped a single into right field to plate Middlebrooks and trim the margin to two runs.

In the seventh, Crawford belted a leadoff homer into the Boston bullpen in right to bring the home team within 6-5, but Delmon Young cracked a one-out homer in the eighth that just snuck inside the right-field foul pole to restore the Tigers' two-run lead.

Game Notes

Cook hasn't earned a victory since June 29 at Seattle...The teams split 10 games this year to wrap up the season series at 5-5...Middlebrooks has a career-high, nine-game hitting streak...Craig Breslow, who the Red Sox acquired on Tuesday, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

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