By Dave Hart
Tigers 10, Red Sox 5 – Justin Upton blasted two home runs and knocked in six runs to propel the Tigers over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.
Detroit jumped out to an 8-0 lead with five runs in the third inning and three in the fifth.
Boston cut its deficit to 8-1 with a run in the sixth before the Tigers added two in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-1 advantage.
The Red Sox closed out the scoring with four runs in the seventh inning.
Detroit’s starting pitcher Justin Verlander posted his 13th win of the season, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five batters in six innings.
The Tigers are now 65-59 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the Cleveland Indians. They are three games back of the Baltimore Orioles for the final playoff spot.
Detroit will head out on the road for a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins starting on Tuesday night.
2nd Place in AL Central Division (7 games behind first-place Cleveland)
3 games behind Baltimore for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 43
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 47
Next Game: 08/23/2016 @ Minnesota Twins 8:10 p.m. @ Target Field
Hitting stats: Justin Upton 2 HR (15) 6 RBI (52), J.D. Martinez 2 2B (26) 2 RBI (50), Cameron Maybin 2 RBI (31), Erick Aybar 2B (16).
Pitching stats: Justin Verlander W (13-7) 6 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 5 K.