By Dave Hart
Tigers 4, Red Sox 3 – Miguel Cabrera’s ninth inning home run, that barely cleared the right field wall, led the Tigers to a win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon.
The Tigers, who clipped Boston 9-8 on Tuesday night, completed the three-game sweep against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox opened the scoring with a run in the first inning before the Tigers responded with two runs in the third to take a 2-1 lead.
Boston cut its deficit completely, scoring a run in the seventh and eighth inning to tie the game 3-3 before Cabrera launched the game-winning homer.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Michael Fulmer took a no-decision, allowing three runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Relief pitcher Bruce Rondon recorded the final out in the eighth to pick up the victory while Justin Wilson notched his first career save.
The Tigers now 54-48 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. They are two and a half games behind the Red Sox for the final playoff spot.
Detroit will start a home stand on Friday night against the Houston Astros.
Tied for 2nd Place in AL Central Division (4.5 games behind first-place Cleveland)
2.5 games behind Boston for last Wild Card spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 64
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 67
Next Game: 07/29/2016 vs. Houston Astros 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Miguel Cabrera HR (21) RBI (60), James McCann HR (6) RBI (25), Victor Martinez 2 RBI (60), Jose Iglesias 2B (17).
Pitching stats: Bruce Rondon W (4-2) .1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K, Justin Wilson SV (28) 1 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K, Michael Fulmer 7.2 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 0 BB 3 K.