ST. LOUIS -- Rookie Michael Wacha pitched into the seventh inning with zero margin for error and the St. Louis Cardinals silenced the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second straight day, winning 1-0 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series.
The Cardinals managed only two hits off Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, but Jon Jay's sacrifice fly set up by A.J. Ellis' passed ball in the fifth stood up.
The Dodgers' scoreless streak in the NLCS reached 19 innings. Rookie fireballer Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth with a heater reaching 101 mph, fanning pinch-hitter Andre Ethier on three pitches to end it.
A day after outlasting Los Angeles 3-2 in 13 innings, the Cardinals moved two wins away from the World Series.
Game 3 is Monday at Dodger Stadium, with Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright facing rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Hanley Ramirez and Ethier were out of the Dodgers' lineup with injuries after starting in the opener. Los Angeles missed several chances to score, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position for a two-day total of 1 for 16.
The teams may have been hindered by shadows creeping across Busch Stadium in a late-afternoon start, with lights providing no real help. Both also were no doubt fatigued, which might have shown on the crucial passed ball by Ellis that wound up resulting in an unearned run.
Wacha was nearly untouchable for the third straight start, allowing five hits with eight strikeouts and a walk in 62⁄3 innings.
The 22-year-old right-hander was one out away from a no-hitter in his last start of the regular season, losing it on an infield hit by Washington's Ryan Zimmerman. Wacha ignored a crowd chanting his name in Game 4 of the division series at Pittsburgh, holding the Pirates hitless for 71⁄3 innings to bring the series back home.
In 222⁄3 innings in his last three starts, Wacha has given up two runs on seven hits with 26 strikeouts and five walks.
The 6-6 right-hander stared down the only real trouble spot, too, striking out Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe with the bases loaded to end the sixth.
Kershaw led off with a single, and runners were on second and third after second baseman Matt Carpenter slid in shallow right to glove Carl Crawford's infield hit but threw it away for an error trying to get a forceout at second.
TIGERS 1, RED SOX 0
Detroit pitchers took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, before it was broken up, but it was not enough for Boston to rally in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.
An RBI single by Jhonny Peralta in the sixth inning stood up to lift the Tigers to the win and a 1-0 series lead.
Game 2 is tonight in Boston at 8:07 p.m.
Anibal Sanchez started for Detroit and delivered six no-hit innings. He was relieved by Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit.
It was Benoit that gave up the only hit to Boston, a bloop fly into centerfield off the bat of Daniel Nava. The hitcame with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The no-hitter would have been the first-ever in Championship Series playoff baseball history.
Detroit pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts.