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Jonny Gomes led off the bottom half against Porcello with groundball to the left of shortstop Jose Iglesias, a defensive replacement. The former Red Sox prospect fielded it but rushed the throw and it bounced past Fielder and into the Boston dugout as Gomes slid headfirst into the bag with an infield hit.

With Gomes on second because of the error, Saltalamacchia hit a high popup near the rolled-up tarp that bounced off Fielder’s glove.

A fan reached up trying to catch the foul. Fielder looked as if he wanted an interference call — replays showed he simply let the ball glance off his glove.

Gomes took third on Porcello’s wild pitch and Saltalamacchia hit a sharp grounder through the left side of the drawn-in infield to set off a celebration on the Fenway infield.

Scherzer, who led the majors with 21 wins, struck out 13 and did not allow a hit until Shane Victorino singled to left with two outs in the sixth.

It was an unprecedented third consecutive playoff game in which a Tigers starter took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. That had never been done even twice in a row before this year’s Detroit staff, which boasts the AL ERA leader, the major league leader in wins and the 2011 AL Cy Young winner and MVP.

In his first career ALCS start, Buchholz allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings while striking out six.

One night after Jon Lester absorbed a 1-0 loss, Buchholz kept the Red Sox in the game despite allowing three straight hits in the second and spotting Detroit to a 1-0 lead.

But Cabrera hit a solo shot off the light tower above the Green Monster in the sixth, then Fielder lined a double off the left-field wall. Victor Martinez followed with an RBI double to right-center and Avila hit a two-run shot over the Tigers bullpen to make it 5-0.

Scherzer continued to coast, striking out at least one batter in every inning. The favorite for the AL Cy Young Award after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in the regular season, Scherzer allowed one run on two hits and two walks before leaving after seven innings with a 5-1 lead.