Sept. 3: Red Sox 2, Tigers 1
The Red Sox got their toughest test of the month early, with the Detroit Tigers coming to town for three games that many speculated might be an ALCS preview. After a hard 3-0 loss on Sept. 2, things didn’t get easier as 19-1 Max Scherzer got the start for Detroit in the second game of the series opposite Jon Lester. Scherzer was as advertised early on, striking out the side in the first inning and allowing just one Boston hit over the first four innings. The Tigers took the lead in the second inning on a RBI double to center by old friend Jose Iglesias, but the Sox were able to limit the damage when Stephen Drew threw out Brayan Pena trying to score on the double to keep the score 1-0.
The Sox would finally get to Scherzer in the fifth, as Jonny Gomes hit a one-out single and advanced to third on a ground-rule double by Drew. David Ross struck out for the second out, but Will Middlebrooks put the Sox ahead with a two-run single up the middle that scored Gomes and Drew. That proved to be all the scoring that would happen on the day, as Lester had perhaps his finest outing of the season, allowing just one run on eight hits, getting out of a bases-loaded jam with Miguel Cabrera at the plate in the fifth, as well as with two runners on and only one out in the sixth. The Sox southpaw recorded nine strikeouts while allowing no walks over seven innings.
The bullpen team of Brandon Workman, Craig Breslow, and Junichi Tazawa worked around a Victor Martinez single in the eighth to keep the score 2-1, and Koji Uehara shut down the Tigers in the ninth, including strikeouts of Pena and Iglesias, to continue his incredible run since becoming the full time closer in June, extending his stretch of 25 scoreless innings.