BOSTON — The Red Sox are a dangerous foe for the Tigers, because they can score runs in so many different ways. The Tigers met their challenge to open the American League Championship Series by daring them to score without a hit.
The Red Sox came close to doing it, loading the bases on walks in the sixth and essentially forcing Anibal Sanchezout of the game after using his 116th pitch of the night to end the threat. The Tigers came close to history, falling two outs shy of the first combined no-hitter — and the third of any kind — in postseason play.
Detroit happily took the 1-0 win as a consolation, as it has the Tigers tantalizingly close to taking command of this series. The win gives the Tigers home-field advantage in the best-of-seven series.
“Especially in this series, it’s not about throwing a no-hitter,” said Sanchez, whose six no-hit innings played a leading role in one of the more bizarre pitching duels in recent postseason memory. “As you get some zeros inning by inning, and you face hitter by hitter, and get them out, it’s more important. It’s more important than the no-hitter at this point.”