National, American League action from Saturday
UNDATED (AP) - A history-making game was unfolding Saturday in the 9th inning of Detroit's American League Championship Series game against Boston when Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava singled off Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit with one out.
But the Tigers held on to win the game 1-0, even though they barely missed out on logging the third no-hitter in major league postseason history.
Anibal Sanchez combined with four relievers on a one-hitter in an airtight game with plenty of tension. Sanchez struck out 12 while walking six through six no-hit frames. Sanchez also became the second pitcher - and the first since 1908 - to strike out four in a postseason inning. He did it in the bottom of the first, thanks in part to a wild pitch that allowed Shane Victorino to go to first base.
Sanchez had to be pulled after throwing 116 pitches, leaving it up to the Detroit bullpen to preserve the no-hitter.
Bosox starter Jon Lester had a shutout until Jhonny Peralta singled home Miguel Cabrera in the top of the sixth. Peralta supplied three of the Tigers' nine hits.
Tigers pitchers recorded 17 strikeouts, with Victorino, Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Napoli each fanning three times.
Game 2 in the series will be played tonight night in Boston.
Meanwhile in the NLCS:
Michael Wacha continued his string of strong pitching performances, while the St. Louis Cardinals took a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series Saturday.
Wacha struck out eight while allowing five hits over 6 2/3 innings to help the Redbirds beat Los Angeles 1-0. Wacha combined with four relievers to protect the lead and run the Dodgers' consecutive scoreless streak to 19 innings.
David Freese manufactured the team's lone run by leading off the fifth with a double off Clayton Kershaw and moving to third on a passed ball before scoring on Jon Jay's sacrifice fly. Kershaw allowed just one other hit while striking out five over six innings. The lone run was unearned, leaving Kershaw with a 0.47 ERA this postseason.
The Dodgers had their chances to score but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their best opportunity came in the sixth inning, when they loaded the bases before Wacha struck out Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe to end the threat.
Puig fanned four times for the Dodgers, who host Game 3 on Monday.