Boston — Five inches to the right, maybe even less than that, and the Tigers would have trailed the Red Sox, 3-0, in the third inning Saturday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
That's how close Dustin Pedroia's long drive to left, with two runners on against Max Scherzer, came to being a home run and to giving the Red Sox an early lead following two walks in the third.
But the ball was ruled foul on the field, and also after an umpires' review, so instead of being down by three runs, the Tigers were still tied with the Red Sox after the third.
As for Pedroia, he didn't follow one deep drive with another. He hit into an inniing-ending double-play instead.