Ortiz slam helps Red Sox rally to tie ALCS

Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:49pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - David Ortiz blasted a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning to ease Boston's struggles at the plate as the Red Sox rallied for a 6-5 victory over Detroit on Sunday that squared the American League Championship Series at one game each.

The Red Sox were dominated by Detroit pitching in the series opener on Saturday and fared little better against starter Max Scherzer a day later.

Scherzer, who won 21 games during the regular season, struck out 13 Red Sox batters in a dominant outing, as he gave up one run on two hits before leaving the mound with a 5-1 lead after seven innings.

The Tigers needed just six more outs and looked set to take a 2-0 series lead back home to Detroit but after the Red Sox put up a run in the bottom of the sixth, Ortiz smashed a grand slam home run in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5.

"I knew I put a good swing on it," Ortiz told reporters. "I got (Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter) chasing everything out there, he almost caught the ball. But I thank God it went in the bullpen."

Jonny Gomes then led off the ninth with an infield single, reached scoring position on an error, and scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's walk-off RBI single.

The best-of-seven series continues with Game Three in Detroit on Tuesday.

BIG EIGHTH

"Looked like we had one in hand and let one get away, there's no question about that," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "It's playoff baseball."   Continued...

 
Oct 12, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino (second from left) congratulates catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (left) after defeating the Detroit Tigers 6-5 in game two of the American League Championship Series baseball game at Fenway Park. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports