Oct 17, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) celebrates with Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (left) after defeating the Detroit Tigers in game five of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Comerica Park. Boston won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

ALCS Game 5: Detroit Tigers Fall Short, Lose 4-3


It was another great game if you’re a fan of baseball.  However if you are a fan of the Detroit Tigers it was a frustrating one. as the Tigers fell 4-3 in ALCS Game 5.

The phrase turnabout is fair play come to mind when describing the Red Sox 2nd inning as the Sox scratched three runs across to take an early 3-0 lead. In the top of the third a wild pitch scored the Sox fourth run and it looked as if the Red Sox would wrap this game up early.

But the Tigers offense inched their way back. scoring runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th to bring the score within one. They wouldn’t get any closer however as Koji Uehara came in with 1 out in the 8th to shut down the tigers and earn a 5 out save.

Unfortunately the Tigers may have lost more than the game.  Starting catcher Alex Avila had to leave the game after a collision at home with Red Sox catcher David Ross in the second and a shot to the face  mask in the third. Avila was seen hobbling to the clubhouse after a brief meeting with trainer Kevin Rand prior to the bottom of the fourth.  Avila, who missed 2 1/2 weeks in the second half with concussion syndrome, was officially pulled from for a knee injury but later was evaluated for concussion.  He is viewed as day-to-day but could miss the rest of the postseason if the concussion symptoms return.

The series will resume from Boston on Saturday when the Tigers send Max Scherzer to the hill in an attempt to avoid elimination. He will be opposed by Clay Buchholz in a Game 2 rematch.

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