Mike Napoli recorded three hits, including his second home run of the series, as the Boston Red Sox moved to within one victory of a league title with a 4-3 win over the Tigers on Thursday night in game five of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park in Detroit.
The win gives the Red Sox a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series. One victory in Boston this weekend would put the Sox into the World Series for the third time in ten years.
David Ross and Dustin Pedroia both tallied two hits for the Beantowners. Ross and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in other runs. Starter Jon Lester earned the win.
Austin Jackson tallied two of the Tigers’ ten hits. Starter Anibal Sanchez took the loss.
Game six will be played Saturday at Fenway Park with Clay Bucholtz (12-1) expected to start for the Red Sox against Detroit’s Max Scherzer (21-3).
The sixth game of the National League Championship Series between St. Louis and Los Angeles will be contested Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis with Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha (4-1) facing the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (16-9). The Cards lead the series three-games-to-two.