Scherzer (6-1) scattered three hits and four walks while striking
out seven over six-plus innings to earn his sixth straight win.
Hunter recorded two hits and Ian Kinsler scored as the Tigers won
their fourth straight game.
Lester (4-5) struck out seven and allowed one run on four hits and
three walks in five innings. David Ortiz, Mike Carp and David Ross
each singled for the Red Sox, who have dropped three of their last
four games to fall below .500 at 20-21.
Detroit did its only damage against Lester in the first inning when
Kinsler reached with a one-out infield single and Miguel Cabrera
walked. Lester recovered to strike out Victor Martinez, but Hunter
delivered a single to center to plate Kinsler.
Boston did not record a hit until Ortiz’s two-out single in the
fourth and had its best chance thwarted in the sixth when Jackie
Bradley Jr. struck out with two runners on and A.J. Pierzynski
followed by grounding into a double play. Three relievers bridged
the gap to Joe Nathan, who worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: The game was delayed 47 minutes in the top of the
fourth inning due to rain. … Red Sox RF Shane Victorino (sore left
knee) sat out his second straight game and remains day-to-day. …
Tigers RHP Luke Putkonen (elbow) had his rehab assignment cut off
and is expected to be examined by Dr. James Andrews next week.
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