Tigers win wild ALCS opener against Red Sox

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts as he is called out on strikes during Game 1 of...

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts as he is called out on strikes during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 AM ET

It was one of the strangest, unorthodox pitching lines you’ll ever see but, for the Detroit Tigers, it was a thing of beauty.

With himself as his most dangerous enemy, Anibal Sanchez mesmerized the Boston Red Sox through six remarkable no-hit innings, then watched from the dugout as four Tigers relievers tried to shepherd it home.

The first three got the job done, but closer Joaquin Benoit was nicked for a one-out single by Daniel Nava in the ninth inning. He was, however, still able to hold things together to save the 1-0 Detroit victory in the opening game of the American League Championship Series Saturday at Fenway Park.

Sanchez, Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras and Drew Smyly had kept the no-no intact for eight innings but Nava’s one-out single to centre broke that up.


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