BOSTON (AP) - Max Scherzer tossed six shutout innings, outdueling Boston ace Jon Lester and leading the Detroit Tigers to a 1-0 win over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.
Torii Hunter delivered an RBI single in the first inning for the Tigers, playing their first game against the defending champion Red Sox since losing last year's American League Championship Series in six games.
Scherzer (6-1), the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed three hits over six-plus innings in winning his sixth straight start and lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.83. The right-hander struck out seven, walked four and was removed after yielding a leadoff single to Mike Carp in the seventh.
Joba Chamberlain retired the side in the eighth and closer Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save of the season.
The game was delayed 47 minutes by rain in the top of the fourth inning.