The Tigers completed their sweep of the Red Sox Sunday night with a 6-2 victory, leaving the Red Sox with a four-game losing streak for the first time since 2012 and dropping them as far below .500 as they've been all season.
The fun part of this particular game lasted about 15 minutes. In the bottom of the second inning, Xander Bogaerts flared a single to right field to score Grady Sizemore from second base, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. It was the only lead the Red Sox had seen in this series, and it was gone in a hurry.
That the Tigers were going to respond was obvious. Jake Peavy hadn't given up any of the walks that have troubled him so far this season, but what he had given up was loud, hard contact. Ian Kinsler had led off the game with a very Fenway single--the type liable to escape plenty of other parks, and Miguel Cabrera hadn't missed a bullpen shot not much later (Kinsler having been erased with a double play). Add in a J.D. Martinez double in the second and a distinct lack of missed bats from Peavy, and it was clear the zero was not going to last long.
So the one-out double from Kinsler in the third? No surprise. Miguel Cabrera scoring him on an admittedly unimpressive single to left? Not unexpected. The two-run Victor Martinez shot into the bullpens where Cabrera fell just short? Practically already penciled into the scorecard.
The Tigers made it 3-1 in that third inning, and they never looked back. They picked away at a lingering Peavy for another pair of runs in the fifth and sixth, then scored another run in the seventh on an absolutely massive Torii Hunter homer over the Monster.
The Red Sox only managed one more run in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases against Anibal Sanchez to give Mike Napoli a chance to turn the game around. He managed only a weak ground ball to third, but Alex Avila couldn't handle the throw home, and Dustin Pedroia came in to score. Unfortunately, the line drive Grady Sizemore followed up with went directly into Sanchez' glove, letting him double up Shane Victorino at third.
Still, if the Red Sox were unlucky there, they were lucky in the at bat before. They were once again thoroughly beaten Sunday night, and over the weekend have been exposed as clear inferiors to the team that, seven months ago, they defeated to advance to the World Series. After what we saw in Minnesota, this is not surprising. Somehow, though, it's still disappointing.