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