Timely Tigers spoil Pomeranz's 2nd Red Sox start in 4-2 win
Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) makes the throw on a ground out by Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Boston. At rear is umpire Manny Gonzalez. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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.
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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.