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October 18, 2013

Tigers on brink of elimination after Boston wins

21-game winner Max Scherzer to start Game 6

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Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes made an accurate throw to catcher David Ross, who tagged out Cabrera without having to brace himself to take a huge hit from the 6-foot-4, 240-pound reigning AL MVP.
After Mike Napoli hit one of the most impressive homers over the center field wall in Comerica Park history in the second inning for the game’s first run, Cabrera couldn’t field Gomes’ grounder that went off the heel of his glove at third base. The error extended the inning, helping Boston take a 3-0 lead.
Down 4-0, Cabrera hit an RBI single in the fifth. Fielder was up next and grounded out to end the inning. 
Cabrera had a chance in the seventh, but grounded into a double play with runners at the corners. Fielder then grounded out again to finish the inning. 
Sanchez struggled to pitch anything like he did in the series opener when he didn’t give up a hit and struck out 12 over six innings, helping the Tigers win 1-0 for the only lead they’ve had in the series.
Now, it will be up to 21-game winner Max Scherzer to extend the series by winning Game 6 on Saturday afternoon in Boston to give Justin Verlander a shot to win a second decisive game this postseason.
“We have to win one game and then take it from there,” Leyland said.
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