76
      Thursday
      90 / 69
      Friday
      91 / 70
      Saturday
      90 / 69

      Lackey leads Red Sox to win over Tigers, lead ALCS 2-1

      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.