Lackey Delivers, Napoli Homers as Sox Win to Lead Series

Boston holds off Tigers 1-0 behind Lackey, bullpen

By NOAH TRISTER=
AP Baseball Writer=
       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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