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Red Sox clip Tigers, as Scherzer again denied 20th win

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jon Lester outdueled and outlasted Max Scherzer, while Will Middlebrooks drove in the tying and winning runs, as the Boston Red Sox claimed a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the middle test of a three-game series.

Lester (13-8) scattered eight hits and one run, while tying a season-high by fanning nine Detroit batters over seven full frames to earn his third win in four starts.

Koji Uehara turned in a perfect ninth to earn his 17th save.

Scherzer (19-2) has been snakebitten ever since the Aug. 24 win which put him one away from a milestone, charged with 13 hits and seven earned runs over 12- plus innings in two starts since then. On Tuesday, he pitched into the eighth, allowing five hits and a pair of runs with three walks and eight strikeouts.

Jonny Gomes collected two hits and scored a run for the Red Sox, who rebounded from Monday's 3-0 loss to win for the eighth time in their last 10.

Jose Iglesias knocked in the only run for the Tigers, who have lost two of three after winning three in a row.

09/03 22:14:42 ET