The Boston Red Sox pulled off one of the most miraculous comebacks in postseason history Sunday night, scoring five runs in the final two innings — four via a dramatic game-tying grand slam — to steal a win and even up the American League Championship Series at one game apiece.
The Tigers completely shut down Boston's offense for the first game and a half of the series. One night after Anibal Sanchez and a handful of relievers held Boston to one hit while recording 17 strikeouts, Max Scherzer turned in his own gem, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ending his night with 13 punchouts.
With a seemingly insurmountable 5-1 cushion in the eighth inning of, a trio of Tigers relievers loaded the bases, bringing David Ortiz to the plate with two outs. Ortiz launched the first pitch he saw into the right field bullpen to tie the game, further cementing his place in Red Sox postseason lore.
Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter came within inches of snaring the drive as he crashed into and flipped over the outfield wall.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jonny Gomes singled, took second on a throwing error, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. A Jarrod Saltalamacchia single brought him home, and the Red Sox stormed the field to celebrate.
Boston's odds of winning bottomed out around three percent, according to Fangraphs, and sat at 7.5 percent when Ortiz came to the plate.
The Tigers by all rights should be have a cushy 2-0 series lead. Instead, the ALCS heads to Detroit Tuesday with the teams knotted up.
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