ALCS Game 5 - Red Sox win, take series lead


One win away!

The Red Sox are now one win away from the World Series after Thursday's 4-3 win over the Tigers in game 5 of the American League Championship Series.  Boston takes a 3-2 series lead into Saturday's game 6.

Mike Napoli's solo home run in the second inning put the Red Sox on top 1-0.  Napoli (3 for 4) would later score the deciding run in the 3rd on a wild pitch as Boston went out to a 4-0 lead.

Starter Jon Lester went 5 2/3 (7H, 2R, 3BB, 3K) to get the win but needed help from the bullpen.  Junichi Tazawa got out of two major jams in the 6th and 7th innings, getting double plays in both innings to prevent the Tigers from scoring just one run in the inning.

Koji Uehera got the final five outs, including getting Jose Iglesias to pop out to second for the game's final out.

Xander Bogaerts, getting the start at 3B for Will Middlebrooks and becoming the youngest Red Sox player to start a postseason game, went 1-3 and scored a run.

Anibal Sanchez (6IP, 9H, 4R, 5K) took the loss for the Tigers.

Catcher Alex Avila left the game in the fourth inning with a knee injury he suffered in a home plate collision with Red Sox catcher David Ross.

Saturday's game 6 (4:37pm or 8:07pm depending on if there is a game 7 in the NLCS) will be a rematch of game 2 with Clay Buchholz facing Max Scherzer.