Friday, October 18, 2013

Sox Sit One Win Away From AL Flag, Win, 4-3

 (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Is this a great series, or what? Bud Selig could not have ordered up a more intense, pressure-packed, pitching-dominant, close ALCS than what the Red Sox and Tigers have delivered. Boston hopes only one more heart-pounding game will be needed after their 4-3 Game Five win. Mike Napoli continued his suddenly hot hitting, with three more hits—including a monster HR that started the scoring. Jon Lester was mediocre at best, struggling through 5 1/3 innings and giving up two earned runs. Rookie Xander Bogaerts nailed a key double, scored a run and started a crucial double-play. And, Koji Uehara was again dominant with a 5-out save to close things down and give the Red Sox a 3-2 series lead as they return to Fenway for Saturday's Game Six.