DETROIT (AP) - Mike Napoli's majestic homer began a rare early Boston breakthrough, Junichi Tazawa again bested Miguel Cabrera in a crucial spot and the Red Sox moved within one win of reaching the World Series by edging the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday night. Boston returns to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead in the AL championship series. Game 6 is Saturday with the Tigers' Max Scherzer facing the Red Sox's Clay Buchholz. Cabrera was thrown out at the plate in the first inning, halting an early Detroit rally, and he hit into a double play against Tazawa with runners at the corners in the seventh. The Tigers scored a run on the grounder, but it was a trade-off the Red Sox were willing to make. Napoli led off a three-run second with a drive off Anibal Sanchez into the ivy beyond the wall in center field.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The National League Championship Series moves to St. Louis tonight with the Cards leading the Dodgers 3-2. They will attempt to wrap things up and earn a spot in the World Series when the two clubs square off Friday night at Busch Stadium. The Game 6 pitching matchup will have Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers against Michael Wacha. It's a rematch of the Game 2 starters, which was won by the Cards 1-0.