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Red Sox 7, Tigers 4 Snap Reaction: Detroit cost itself the game

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 28:  Danny Worth #29 of the Detroit Tigers is tagged out at second by Mike Aviles #3 of the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Fenway Park May 28, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Danny Worth #29 of the Detroit Tigers is tagged out at second by Mike Aviles #3 of the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Fenway Park May 28, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Snap Reaction: Blame the umpires if you want, they were only part of the story. Truly the Tigers did themselves in.

Doug Fister was not on his "A" game. You could tell that a bit in the first inning when he gave up a run. Then, as we've written about, Fister allowed three runs in the second inning after what should have been the third out. Blame the umpire crew if you want, as missing the third out certainly changes the inning. But Fister was the guy who gave up three consecutive hits after the blown call. Fister also gave up the home run in the fifth and another run in the sixth.

In all, he was tagged for six runs. He allowed 11 hits and struck out just two.

So I have to say, even without the blown call, this game probably wasn't going to go the Tigers' way.

Add to that Detroit's scoring problems came back again. They showed signs of it on Sunday, but it was loud and clear Monday. This time Detroit stranded only three.

The Tigers were outhit 13-7. Two of Detroit's hits came in the ninth inning. Three of seven hits were home runs. Fact is, the offense was pretty flaccid for long periods of time, as it often is. Delmon Young hit a second-inning home run. Gerald Laird a fifth inning home run. And Jhonny Peralta a ninth-inning home run -- driving in Prince Fielder. So at least the long ball returned.

Larid had the game's only multi-hit game with two hits. Quintin Berry extended his hitting streak to six games. Ryan Raburn, Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks all went 0-for-4.

Reliever Luis Marte did a nice job with three mostly uneventful innings, though he did give up a run in the eighth inning.

So the winning streak ended at three.