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Tigers fall to Boston 4-3, Red Sox up 3-2 in series

Oct 18th, 2013 - Sports News

The Boston Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Thursday night.

Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night.

Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series. Game 6 is Saturday with the Tigers' Max Scherzer facing the Red Sox's Clay Buchholz.

Cabrera was thrown out at the plate in the first inning, halting an early Detroit rally, and he hit into a double play against Tazawa with runners at the corners in the seventh. The Tigers scored a run on the grounder, but it was a trade-off the Red Sox were willing to make.

Napoli led off a three-run second with a drive off Anibal Sanchez into the ivy beyond the wall in center field.

— The Detroit Tigers removed banged-up catcher Alex Avila from Game 5 of the AL championship series against the Boston Red Sox with a sprained left knee.

Brayan Pena pinch hit for Avila in the 4th inning Thursday night. With Detroit trailing by four runs, Pena grounded into an inning-ending double play with two on in the first postseason at-bat of his nine-year career.

Avila was run over by fellow catcher David Ross on a play at the plate in the second. Ross lowered his right shoulder as he delivered a blow to Avila's head. Avila held onto the ball for the out.

Ross fouled off a pitch the next inning that knocked Avila's mask off.

Avila was out for more than two weeks in August because of a concussion.

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