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September 4, 2013

Red Sox beat 19-game winner Scherzer

Red Sox 2, Tigers 1

:Star of Game: Jon Lester earned the victory, hurling 7.0 innings and allowing just one run on eight hits and no walks while striking out a season-high nine batters. He won for the third time in his past four starts and improved to 13-8. His ERA dropped to 3.88.

:Second Star: Will Middlebrooks drove in Boston’s two runs with a single in the fifth inning.

:Lester the Stopper: Boston is 11-2 this year when Lester starts after a loss. Lester is 9-1 with a 2.68 ERA in those starts.

:Koji Time: Koji Uehara recorded the save with a 1-2-3 ninth. He now has retired 21 consecutive batters. He has not allowed a run in 25.0 straight innings.

:Red Hot Sox: Boston improved to 83-57. Boston has allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of its past 14 games since with a 2.31 ERA during that stretch. The Red Sox handed Detroit Scherzer (19-2) just his second loss this season.

:OBP Machine: Daniel Nava walked in the eighth. He has now reached safely in 38 straight starts. It is the longest active on-base streak by a major league starter and the third-longest streak in the AL overall this year behind only Miguel Cabrera (44 games) and Mike Trout (40 games). It’s the longest streak by a Red Sox since Kevin Youkilis’ 44-game streak in 2008.

Victorino Victory: Shane Victorino played center field with Jacoby Ellsbury out with a swollen thumb. He threw out Brayan Pena at the plate in the second inning for his team-leading 10th outfield assist.

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