Lester, Red Sox deny Scherzer’s 20th victory

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Lester, Red Sox deny Scherzer’s 20th victory

BOSTON - The Detroit Tigers have the best pitcher in the American League and the best hitter in baseball.

Jon Lester was better than both.

Boston’s ace outdueled Max Scherzer and retired Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded as the Boston Red Sox beat Detroit, 2-1, on Tuesday night in a great game between two division leaders.

It ended the Tigers’ right-hander’s chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a 20-1 record. Roger Clemens is the only pitcher to do so, and he ended up 20-3 with the New York Yankees in 2001.

Lester (13-8) lowered his ERA to 1.71 in his past six starts. He allowed one earned run and eight hits with a season-high nine strikeouts and no walks.

Scherzer (19-2), who won his first 13 decisions, lost for the first time since July 13, when the Texas Rangers beat him, 7-1.
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