Miguel Cabrera put the Tigers on the board in the fifth inning with a long RBI single off Red Sox starter Jon Lester and replacement catcher Brayan Pena delivered another RBI single in the sixth to cut Boston's lead to 4-2 in Game 5 of the ALCS.
Austin Jackson led off the fifth inning with a single off Lester and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jose Iglesias. After Torii Hunter popped out, Cabrera battled Lester to a 3-2 count before connecting with a 93 mph fastball on the seventh pitch, driving it deep to left-center to score Jackson.
Lester dealt a lead-off walk to Victor Martinez to start the sixth. After a one-out single to Omar Infante, Lester was replaced by righty reliever Junichi Tazawa. Pena, who came into the game after starting catcher Alex Avila was injured in a collision, took Tazawa's first pitch to left field to drive in Martinez. Lester ends the night having allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez allowed back-to-back singles to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the fifth with two outs, but managed to escape without allowing any more damage thanks to a ground out from Jonny Gomes. He bounced back in the sixth inning with a one-two-three frame, including two swinging strikeouts. Sanchez has allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits with no walks over six innings.