Timely Tigers down Red Sox, 4-2

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BOSTON, MA - JULY 25: Francisco Rodriguez #57 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a 4-2 victory with teammate James McCann #34 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 25, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

BOSTON (AP) — Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Justin Verlander pitched six solid innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Monday night to spoil Drew Pomeranz’s second start with Boston.

Victor Martinez and James McCann also drove in runs for the Tigers. Detroit pulled within 5 1/2 games of idle AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Verlander (10-6) allowed one run and five hits and struck out five to pick up the victory. He is 3-0 in his last five starts.

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 28th save.

Pomeranz (8-8), recently acquired from the San Diego Padres, gave up four hits and struck out seven in six innings. Both of the runs he allowed came via Iglesias’ homer.

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