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 best-of-seven set.
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 save.
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.