Boston holds off Tigers 1-0 behind Lackey, bullpen - NBC Sports

Boston holds off Tigers 1-0 behind Lackey, bullpen
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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland speaks during a media availability at Comerica Park before practice for Game 3 of the American League baseball championship series against the Boston Red Sox in Detroit, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 15, 2013, 7:51 pm

DETROIT (AP) John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston's bullpen shut down Detroit's big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series.

Mike Napoli homered in the seventh inning off Verlander, and Detroit's attempt at a rally fell short in the eighth when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder both struck out with runners at the corners.

Lackey allowed four hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight without a walk in a game that was delayed 17 minutes in the second inning because lights on the stadium towers went out.

Detroit trails the series despite three straight gems by its starters. Game 4 is Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

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