DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - The Tigers are just one loss away from their season coming to an end as the Red Sox held off Detroit 4-3 last night at Comerica in Game 5 of the best of 7 American League Championship Series. Boston now leads 3 games to 2 needs to win only one of their two home games this weekend at Fenway Park to advance to the World Series.
The Red Sox jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Tiger starter Anibal Sanchez, who suffered the defeat with 4 runs allowed, three earned, over six innings. Jon Lester tossed five-and-a-third innings of two-run ball for the win. Miguel Cabrera and backup catcher Brayan Pena had rbi singles for the Tigers. But Cabrera also made an error at third base, was thrown out at home to end the first inning and hit into a double play in the seventh with runners on first and third and no outs. A run scored but the bases were cleared and the Boston bullpen shut down Detroit the rest of the way.
Detroit catcher Alex Avila might not be available for Game Six. He left after the top of the fourth inning with a strained left knee which he twisted in a second inning collision while blocking home plate when a Red Sox runner attempted to score from third on a ground ball.
The starting time for Saturday’s Game depends on the outcome of tonight’s National League Championship Series Game Six at St. Louis as the Cardinals are up 3 games to 2 on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Saturday’s pitching matchup at Boston has Max Scherzer going to the mound for the Tigers against Boston’s Clay Bucholz.