In perhaps his best performance of the year, re-established Ace Jon Lester went seven strong innings, struck out nine and got just enough offense for a thrilling 2-1 win over the Tigers. Besting fellow ace Max Scherzer, Lester was dazzling when he had to be—keeping the game close until Will Middlebrooks laced a two-run single up the middle to plate both Boston runs. Setting up the Middlebrooks heroics were key hits by Jonny Gomes and Stephen Drew. Using his devastating curve and slicing cutter, Lester continually got strikeouts at key moments—including Detroit's fearsome duo of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. This game had true playoff intensity and was fittingly ended when Koji Uehara punched out former Sox phenom Jose Iglesias to end the game.