Tigers - 000 100 100 - 2 5 0Verlander threw a gem (8-4-0-1-8, 123), still dealing in the upper 90s in the eighth inning.
Red Sox - 000 000 000 - 0 4 1
Buchholz (7-5-2-3-3, 100) was good, but an unearned run in the fourth and a solo dong from Ryan Raburn in the seventh was plenty of runs for the Tigers. Raburn had both RBI.
Boston's best chance to score came in the first, when Josh Reddick doubled with one out and Victor Martinez singled him to third. Verlander then struck out Jason Bay and David Ortiz.
On Bay's whiff, Martinez stole second, the second theft of his career and first since 2003. He took off on the 3-2 pitch, stopped halfway to second, saw that Gerald Laird was not throwing down, and started up again and flopped into the base.
Martinez singled in the third and Jacoby Ellsbury doubled in the eighth. That was sum of the Red Sox offense.
The Rangers won this afternoon, so Boston's wild card lead is now only 0.5 GA.
Justin Verlander (3.45, 132 ERA+) / Clay Buchholz (5.33, 89 ERA+)
Boston goes for a four-game sweep of the Tigers this afternoon before heading to Texas for the weekend.
The Red Sox lead the Rangers (who play in Cleveland today at noon) by 1.5 games in the wild card standings.
10 PM: Yankees/Mariners.