Fister, Tigers shut out Red Sox

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Updated: September 2, 2013

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Andy Dirks drove in the game’s first run with a
triple in the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers blanked the Boston Red Sox
3-0 in the opener of an important three-game set between the American League’s
two top teams.

Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double and crossed the plate in the eighth
for the Tigers, who have now won four of their last five.

Doug Fister (12-7) spun seven full frames of shutout ball while only
surrendering four hits with four strikeouts. The right-hander picked up his
second win in his last three starts.

“A lot of it was the defense. I thought they turned three or four double
plays. They were making great plays out there. The defense out in the
outfield running down flyballs, Alex worked his butt off behind the plate,
it’s just a team win today,” said Fister.

John Lackey (8-12) lasted 7 1/3 innings before being yanked having allowed
three runs on seven hits. The right-hander recorded five strikeouts, but did
not receive any run support from an offense that only managed six hits.

Daniel Nava had a strong showing at the plate with a walk, a single and two
doubles for Boston, which won seven of eight coming into the contest.

“They had their chances and for the most part we were able to limit them,
except for that one inning. You feel for Lackey because he pitched really well
and we just haven’t been giving him the run support,” said Nava.

A Dirks triple to deep center field eluded center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury at
the warning track and plated Victor Martinez, who singled on a line drive to
left to start off the seventh inning. Omar Infante walked before Don Kelly
grounded into a double play that allowed Dirks to cross home plate.

Nava led off the home half of the seventh with a line drive double to right
center field. After walking Mike Napoli, Fister retired Jarrod Saltalamacchia,
Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks to strand the runners.

Lackey’s outing ended in the eighth after allowing Jackson and Torii Hunter to
reach second and third with one out via two singles. With Matt Thornton on the
hill, Prince Fielder hit a sacrifice line drive to right that brought in
Jackson from third.

Dustin Pedroia doubled on a hard line drive off the top of the Green Monster
and reached third on a wild pitch from reliever Bruce Rondon in the bottom of
the eighth, but was left stranded after David Ortiz struck out.

After giving up a leadoff double to Nava in the ninth, Jose Veras retired the
next three batters to earn his 21st save of the season.

Game Notes

Martinez extended his hitting streak to nine games … Fister gave up a
season-high four walks … Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera sat out for his third
straight game due to an abdominal strain … Detroit is 4-1 against Boston
this season.