Red Sox shock Tigers to level playoff series

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BOSTON: David Ortiz clubbed a grand slam in the eighth and Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted the game-winning run in the ninth as Boston rallied to stun Detroit 6-5 in game two of the ALCS.

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Ortiz’s two-out, game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday brought the Red Sox to life after the Tigers had seized a seemingly comfortable 5-1 lead.

“We never give up,” Ortiz said. “You saw that through the whole season. We found a way to get back and win the ball game.”

Saltalamacchia’s walkoff single in front of a crowd of 38,029 at Fenway Park clinched the victory for the Red Sox, who evened the series at one game apiece.

“I have seen some crazy things in this ballpark,” said Boston’s Dustin Pedroia. “That was a burst of emotion. He [Ortiz] just put a great swing on it.

“They pitched us tough. We were just trying to pass it to the next guy and get a hit. Luckily it was David.”

The American League series now shifts to Detroit for game three on Tuesday. The winner of this series will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the St. Louis Cardinals for the Major League Baseball championship.

Saltalamacchia belted an opposite-field single past a drawn-in Tigers’ infield to score the deciding run.

Boston starting pitcher Clay Buchholz struck out six, but also allowed five runs on eight hits in just over five innings of work.

Detroit starting pitcher Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before surrendering a two-out single to Shane Victorino of the Red Sox.

Boston had just one hit in a 1-0 loss in game one and they appeared to headed to the same fate on Sunday.

AFP

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