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Close games make Red Sox-Tigers series spellbinding

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DETROIT — Epics. Instant classics. Games for the ages.

In October baseball, these are usually the one-run games. Sometimes, the games end with a minimalist score of 1-0. And we love it.

America tuned in for Red Sox-Tigers Wednesday night, expecting another nine-inning nail-biter. The Sox and Tigers have conditioned us to anticipate a 1-0 finish, or perhaps something more like 6-5. You can’t leave early. And you’d better be prepared to stay up late. The game is probably going to be on the line with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

The Tigers beat the Sox, 1-0, last Saturday night. The Sox won a 6-5 walkoff Sunday. In Motown, John Lackey bested Justin Verlander in a 1-0 victory Tuesday.

Three one-run games, back to back to back? That’s rare.

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