Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Hits have been hard to come by for the
Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, but they've sure
made them count.
Mike Napoli broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run off Justin Verlander in
the seventh inning, and John Lackey and the Boston bullpen made the blast
stand up in a 1-0 Game 3 squeaker that gave the Red Sox the upper hand in this
The Red Sox had mustered a mere three hits and one run for the series entering
the eighth inning of Sunday's Game 2, when David Ortiz brought Boston back to
life with a game-tying grand slam and the AL East champs rallied for a
thrilling 6-5 win. They managed only four hits and struck out 10 times in
eight innings against Verlander (0-1), but shut down a Detroit lineup that
continually failed in the clutch to take a 2-1 series lead heading to
Wednesday's Game 4.
Lackey (1-0) was splendid during his 6 2/3-inning stint, holding the Tigers to
four hits and striking out eight without a walk. Three relievers finished off
the shutout, with Game 2 winner Koji Uehara shutting the door with a four-out
Detroit went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position for the game, with Torii
Hunter and Victor Martinez each going 2-for-4 in the loss.
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