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Ramirez, Ortiz homer as Red Sox win series in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) -- David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hurt the Detroit
Tigers with their bats and their patience.

Ortiz and Ramirez hit two of Boston's four homers and drew two
of its three bases-loaded walks to lead the Red Sox over the Tigers
8-3 Sunday.

Alex Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis also homered for the Red Sox,
who won two of three in Detroit before a four-game series at the
New York Yankees.

"This was an important series, and the next one is an important
series," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Detroit only trailed 5-3 going into the eighth, but three
pitchers combined to walk four batters and hit another in a
50-pitch inning.

Jason Grilli failed to retire any of the four batters he faced.
He hit Youkilis to load the bases, then walked Ortiz, Ramirez and
Trot Nixon before being pulled from the game.

"I failed out there today," he said. "I need to be better
than that."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected for arguing balls and
strikes during the walk to Ramirez.

"I'm never going to talk about umpires," he said. "We just
didn't throw strikes."

Detroit has lost six of eight, including five of seven in
back-to-back series against the Yankees and Boston.

"This was kind of a blah homestand," Brandon Inge said. "We
didn't play very well, which is funny to say, because not very well
this year was really, really good in past years."

Matt Clement (5-4) allowed three runs and six hits in six
innings to get the win. He struck out five, walked two and left
with a 2-1 count to Detroit's leadoff hitter in the seventh. The
Red Sox said the unusual departure, which was instigated by catcher
Jason Varitek, was due to fatigue.

"Tek didn't like what he saw," Francona said. "If that runner
had reached base, he was coming out anyway."

Clement felt he probably worked too hard after a pair of poor
starts.

"I did a lot more throwing, and I think that's why I tuckered
out," he said. "It was a good start, though. All of my pitches
were better."

Gonzalez hit a two-run drive off Zach Miner in the second inning
to give Boston a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox then loaded the bases with
two outs in the third before Miner (0-1) got J.T. Snow to line out
to left to end the inning.

The Tigers cut it to 2-1 on Ivan Rodriguez's RBI single in the
fourth, but the Red Sox added two more in the fifth inning.

Youkilis led off with his second homer in three games to make it
3-1 and chase Miner from the mound. Jamie Walker relieved and
allowed Ortiz's 436-foot drive to right-center field.

Miner allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks in
four-plus innings in his major league debut.

"I felt great, but I was just out of whack mechanically," he
said. "That's probably the best-hitting team in baseball, and they
just wouldn't swing at anything out of the strike zone."

Rodriguez had an RBI groundout and Marcus Thames doubled in a
run in the sixth to get Detroit within one again but Ramirez made
it 5-3 with a two-out homer off Roman Colon in the seventh.

Magglio Ordonez nearly made it 8-5 in the bottom of the eighth,
but Coco Crisp made a leaping catch at the center-field wall to
take away a two-run homer.

Game notes
Leyland's ejection was his first of the season. ...
Youkilis stayed in the game after being hit in the eighth inning,
but was replaced by Mike Lowell in the bottom of the inning. He had
precautionary x-rays on his forearm, but they were negative and he
said that he expects to play Monday in New York. ... Boston
improved to 3-3 on its 10-game road trip that ends with four games
at Yankee Stadium. ... The Tigers optioned reliever Chris Spurling
to Triple-A Toledo after the game, and are expected to recall a
position player in time for Tuesday's series opener in Chicago.