David Ortiz was already a Boston Red Sox legend before his game tying grand slam in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series last night. Boston came back to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5.
For six innings, the Tigers looked unstoppable. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered in the top of the sixth off Clay Buchholz. Meanwhile, Tigers starter Max Scherzer was pitching a no-hitter. He struck out 13 hitters in seven innings.
Boston right fielder Shane Victorino finally got a hit in the sixth and scored on a double by Dustin Pedroia.
In the eighth, the Red Sox loaded the bases for Ortiz, a hero of the team’s curse-busting World Series victory in 2004 and follow-up championship in 2007.
Ortiz launched a grand slam to right field off Joaquin Benoit and sent Twins outfielder Torii Hunter flipping over the wall into the Red Sox bullpen.
Boston’s work wasn’t finished. With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to score Jonny Gomes and send the Fenway Park fans into a joyous frenzy.
Boston’s win tied the ALCS at one game apiece as the scene shifts to Comerica Park in Detroit for the next three days. John Lackey will start Game 3 for Boston on Tuesday night against Justin Verlander.
St. Louis leads the NLCS 2-0 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who will host Game 3 tonight. Adam Wainwright will start for the Cardinals against Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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