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Napoli's blast, Lackey's arm lift Bosox
DETROIT (AP) - One run was enough for the Boston Red Sox to take a two-games-to-one lead in the American League Championship Series.
John Lackey combined with three relievers on a six-hitter as the Bosox blanked the Tigers 1-0 in Detroit this afternoon. Lackey limited the Tigers to four hits and no walks while striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings.
But the game remained scoreless until Mike Napoli homered off losing pitcher Justin Verlander in the top of the seventh. Napoli's blast was one of just four hits for the Red Sox, who were no-hit over 5 2/3 innings in Game 2 after collecting just one hit in the opener.
Napoli ruined a fantastic outing by Verlander, who gave up Boston's four hits while striking out 10 in eight innings.
Koji Uehara (KOH'-jee way-HAH'-rah) worked out of a first-and-third situation in the eighth before notching the save.
Game 4 is tomorrow in Detroit, where Doug Fister is the scheduled starter for the Tigers against Jake Peavy of the Red Sox.