The Walkoff: Napoli Homer, Stellar Start By Lackey Leads Red Sox To 1-0 Win In Game 3

October 16, 2013 12:48 AM
The Walkoff: Napoli Homer, Stellar Start By Lackey Leads Red Sox To 1-0 Win In Game 3
" BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox have outscored the Detroit Tigers by just one run over the first three games of the ALCS, but own a 2-1 lead after their 1-0 win in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

RECAP: Sox Beat Tigers 1-0 To Take 2-1 Lead In ALCS

The bats are still relatively quiet for Boston, but their pitching has been outstanding. John Lackey and Boston’s trio of relievers (Breslow, Tazawa and Uehara) shut down the Tigers in Game 3, out-dueling Detroit’s Justin Verlander to give Boston their first lead of the series.

The Turning Point This game was following the same script as the first two games, with the Red Sox batters struggling to get anything going against a dominating Tigers’ starter.

Boston managed just four hits, but one of them made all the difference; Mike Napoli’s seventh inning solo homer off Verlander.

After looking bad with a pair of strikeouts in his first two at-bats, Napoli didn’t give in when facing a full count in his third at-bat.  He unloaded on a 96-mph fastball from Verlander and deposited it over the fence in left-center for the only run of the game, lifting Boston to their 1-0 victory "

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