DETROIT — It took only one bad pitch from
But one was enough for
With Verlander continuing the
"The boy took care of me once again," Red Sox starter John Lackey said. "He has hit some big dingers this year, and he hit one today."
Lackey outdueled Verlander in the second 1-0 game in the series, throwing 62/3 innings and watching his bullpen come through in the clutch.
Verlander pitched eight innings, with the Napoli home run on a 3-and-2 pitch his only mistake. He struck out 10 batters and gave up four hits, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning and throwing 120 pitches.
"It's two heavyweights going at it," Verlander said. "If you can't appreciate this, you can't appreciate baseball. It has been an amazing three games."
The Tigers blew a prime scoring opportunity in the eighth inning when
Tazawa said he was surprised catcher
"'Salty' put me in a really good spot, and I was able to get him out," Tazawa said. "I was thinking worst-case scenario, and walking him was not the worst thing to do."
The Tigers had one last gasp when
The Red Sox are hitting .133 in the series and have scored runs in only three of the 27 innings. The three Tigers starters —
The Red Sox led the majors this year in runs and ranked second with a .277 average. But they certainly are struggling at the plate.
"'Lack' finally figured out that we're only going to give him one run," second baseman
The Red Sox pitchers have a combined 2.00 ERA in the series and have limited the Tigers to a .225 average in the first three games. Cabrera is hitting .182.
"To give my team a chance to win I would have had to put up all zeros," Verlander said.