In the land of slugfests there was no slugging.
Just two first-place teams searching for runs — with only the Tigers finding some.
Using Andy Dirks’ triple in the seventh to generate two runs and Austin Jackson’s first stolen base since June 16 to manufacture another the Tigers downed the Red Sox 3-0 at Fenway Park on Monday — getting seven shutout innings from Doug Fister (12-7) in the process.
The victory lifted the Tigers (81-57) to within a half game of the Sox for the best record in the American League — the prize of home-field advantage through the Championship Series going to the team that ends up with the best won-loss percentage.
Dirks tripled off losing pitcher John Lackey (8-12) on a hit-and-run to drive in Victor Martinez from first with the Tigers’ first run. Dirks scored the second run on a double play.
“We were kind of stagnant there” said manager Jim Leyland “so we put Victor in motion. This sounds crazy because he’s obviously not a runner but I truly believe he...