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Red Sox jump out to early lead against Tigers in Game 5 of ALCS

Oct 17, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

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The Red Sox were held hitless for six innings by Anibal Sanchez back in Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday, but they are off to a quick start against him tonight.

Mike Napoli led off the top of the second inning with a long home run to straightaway center field to get the Red Sox on the board. It traveled an estimated 460 feet, which ESPN’s Buster Olney notes is the longest in the postseason since Prince Fielder in 2008. Jonny Gomes then reached on an error by Miguel Cabrera and Xander Bogaerts delivered a one-out double, which set up an RBI double by David Ross. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with an infield single to get another run across.

The Red Sox were prevented from getting a fourth run after Shane Victorino hit a ground ball to second base and Alex Avila managed to hold on to throw to home plate following a nasty collision with David Ross. Avila was checked out by a team trainer, but managed to stay in the game. It’s worth noting that both Avila and Ross missed time with concussions this season.

With Jon Lester on the hill, the Red Sox lead Game 5 by score of 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning in Detroit.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Holy smokes Iglesias is something special.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Detroit’s secret plan for the game includes a grand slam by Peralta in the 8th combined with a walk off RBI in the 9th. Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes do not work out.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Was Drew in the neighborhood for that one?

  4. jcmeyer10 - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Can I get a Web Gem for mista Lesta!?

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