October 18, 2013
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Anibal Sanchez of the Tigers pitched in the first inning of Game 5 against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox started Jon Lester against the Tigers.
Sanchez and the Tigers kept the Red Sox from scoring in the first inning.
Miguel Cabrera (left) was tagged out by catcher David Ross.
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Ross collided at home plate with Tigers catcher Alex Avila in the second inning.
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Ross was out on the play.
Cabrera tried to score from second base on a single by Jhonny Peralta (not pictured) that got by Stephen Drew.
Drew couldn't reach Prince Fielder's single up the middle in the first inning.
Xander Bogaerts doubled in the second inning.
A ball hit by Jonny Gomes got past Cabrera for an error.
Mike Napoli scored the game's first run with a homer in the second.
Napoli was welcomed by Jonny Gomes after hitting the home run.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia tugged on Napoli's beard.
Gomes pulled in a ball hit by Alex Avila.
Napoli scored again, this time on a wild pitch in the third inning.
Jon Lester reacted to a double play that ended the inning.
Lester initially bobbled the bunt by Jose Iglesias, but recovered and threw the ball to first base in time to get the out.
Iglesias leaped over Ross during a play in the fourth inning.
Napoli waited for a throw from Lester to tag Iglesias out to end the fourth inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury dove for a sinking line drive by the Tigers' Omar Infante but could only glove it on the rebound in the sixth.
Ellsbury stretched for the single by Infante.
Dustin Pedroia turned the double play for the last two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
Junichi Tazawa pitched for 1⅓ innings.
Napoli kept his eye on a shot by Victor Martinez in the eighth.
Jose Iglesias got safely back to first base in the eighth inning.
Will Middlebrooks slid safely to third base in the top of the ninth inning.
Koji Uehara was able to protect the Red Sox' lead, and Boston won the game, 4-3.
Napoli (left) celebrated with Uehara. The Red Sox are one win away from the World Series.
David Ortiz lifted Uehara following the Game 5 victory. Game 6 will take place Saturday at Fenway Park.