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The Tigers came within two outs of the first no-hitter in League Championship Series history. Instead, they'll walk away with a one-hit, 1-0 victory over the Red Sox in game 1 of the ALCS Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Anibal Sanchez did not allow a hit in 6 innings before leaving with 12 strikeouts. Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit did the rest, allowing just a 9th inning single by Daniel Nava.
Jhonny Peralta's bloop RBI single in the 6th off starter Jon Lester (6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4 K, 1 BB) gave Detroit the only run they would need.
The Red Sox, who struck out 17 times on the night, left pinch-runner Quintin Berry stranded at 2nd base in the 9th inning as Xander Bogaerts popped out to end the game. Boston left 8 runners on base for the game.
Game 2 is set for Sunday night in Boston with Clay Buchholz facing Max Scherzer.