After a miraculous comeback victory in Game 2 of the ALCS, the Red Sox kept the magic rolling in Detroit, securing a 1-0 victory over Justin Verlander and the Tigers.
One run was all that Boston needed in the pitcher’s duel, and Mike Napoli provided the game’s lone run, drilling a solo homer in the seventh inning. The Red Sox’ bullpen was tasked with maintaining the shutout after Nap’s solo shot, and the trio of Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara managed to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard.
Boston squeaked out the one-run victory, and the celebrations and collective sighs of relief were prevalent on the field after Uehara completed the four-out save. The ever-dependable and always exuberant closer reveled in the huge win accordingly, giving out his trademark high-five’s, only this time they landed a little south of where they usually go.
Uehara jumped into David Ortiz‘s arms after the final out, and gave the big slugger a few pats on the backside to celebrate the Sox taking a 2-1 series lead.