Verlander helps Tigers avert sweep

BOSTON – Justin Verlander allowed four hits in eight innings, and Ryan Raburn homered for Detroit on Thursday to lead the Tigers to a 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox and avert a four-game sweep.

Verlander (13-6) struck out eight and walked one, retiring 16 of the last 19 batters he faced. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Clay Buchholz (1-3) allowed five hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out three while giving up Raburn's homer to go with an unearned run in the fourth. Victor Martinez had two hits for Boston, and he also stole a base for the second time in his career and the first time since 2003.