The two highest-scoring teams in the majors combined for one run in the opener of the American League Championship Series and the Detroit Tigers look to make it consecutive victories when they visit the Boston Red Sox in Sunday’s Game 2. Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta drove in the lone run on a night in which Boston’s only hit was Daniel Nava’s one-out single in the ninth. The Red Sox struck out 17 times to match a postseason record for a nine-inning game.
Recap: ALCS Game 1
Boston, which led the majors with 853 runs in the regular season, was blanked at home in the postseason for the first time since a Game 5 loss to the Chicago Cubs in the 1918 World Series. The task doesn’t get easier in Game 2 when the Red Sox face 21-game winner Max Scherzer. “A guy that’s a potential Cy Young winner,” Nava said after Saturday’s game. “Of course, it doesn’t get any easier.” Peralta went 3-for-4 and was serenaded by the Boston fans due to his 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. “I don’t try to pay attention about what the fans are doing or whatever,” Peralta said. “I try to do my job.”
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