David Ortiz produced a stunning eighth-inning grand slam to rescue the Boston Red Sox and bring the ALCS to life.
For a game-and-a-half, the Detroit Tigers appeared to have the number on their illustrious rivals, with a 1-0 victory in game one followed by a 5-0 lead in game two at Fenway Park.
Shane Victorino started what appeared to be an unlikely comeback at the bottom of the sixth, scoring off a Dustin Pedroia double, before ‘Big Papi’ blew the contest wide open two innings later.
Will Middlebrooks got on base with a double, before Jacob Ellsbury walked to first. Dustin Pedroia then singled and Ortiz did the rest with the bases loaded.
Koji Uehara then ripped through three Tigers at the top of the ninth, before Jonny Gomes scored the winning run off a singer from Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
It’s the grand slam which rightly took the headlines post-match, and also changed the momentum of this best-of-seven contest as the two clubs make the trip to Detroit.
"I knew I put a good swing on it," Ortiz said following the victory.
"I got my boy Torii chasing everything out there, nine-time Gold Glove [Award winner], you never know, he almost caught that ball. But thank God it went in the bullpen."
Game Three takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Comerica Park, with the Tigers hosting three consecutive matches as they chase the American League pennant.
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