Wacha stifles Dodgers
St Louis Cardinals took a stranglehold on their National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers by edging game two 1-0.
Rookie Michael Wacha hurled 6 2/3 shutout innings, scattering five hits while walking one and striking out eight to help the Cards take a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was also stellar, allowing just an unearned run in six innings, but was going on short rest and was therefore lifted after just 72 pitches.
The only run came on Jon Jay's sacrifice fly in the fifth, which came after David Freese doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball.
The series now moves to Los Angeles for game three on Monday.
Anibal Sanchez struck out 12 in six scoreless innings as he the Detroit bullpen went within two outs of the first no-hitter in Championship Series history as the Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway.
The Red Sox, who led the majors in runs scored in the regular season, could not lay a bat on Sanchez - although he did walk six - their best chance coming in the sixth when he walked the bases loaded, but Stephen Drew struck out swinging to end the inning.
Daniel Nava finally broke up the no-hit bid with a single to centre off closer Joaquin Benoit with one out in the ninth, but the Red Sox could not bring him home.
Jhonny Peralta drove in the only run of the game in the top of the sixth off Jon Lester, who took a tough-luck loss in game one of the ALCS.