A few hours later, Duchscherer nearly did it.
"I said, 'Those guys don't want none of me today [because] I'm going to pull a Lester on [them],' " Duchscherer recalled with a grin. "In the sixth inning, I was thinking, 'Did I really say that before the game?' "
Duchscherer -- who received some of his early professional pitching training in the Red Sox farm system -- out-dueled Josh Beckett and had a perfect game going into the sixth before he plunked Jason Varitek to start the inning.
David Ortiz broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle with one out in the seventh and Duchscherer said he was "a little deflated."
Duchscherer struck out four and didn't issue a walk in eight innings, yielding only the one hit.