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October 20, 2013

Red Sox beat Tigers 5-2 to advance to World Series

Shane Victorino belts grand slam in 7th

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The latest trip comes one year after a last-place finish that forced the team to jettison its high-priced stars, rebuild the roster and bring in manager John Farrell. Victorino was one of the biggest additions, and he delivered on Saturday as he did for much of the season.
“Since the first day of spring training there wasn’t one person more important than the next,” said outfielder Jonny Gomes, also a newcomer this season. “We’re all pulling in the same direction.”
Scherzer got one out in the seventh but left after walking rookie Xander Bogaerts to put runners on first and second. Drew Smyly got Jacoby Ellsbury to hit a grounder up the middle, but it popped out of Iglesias’ glove behind second base and everyone was safe.
Veras came in and quickly got ahead of Victorino. But he hung a curveball and Victorino sent it toward the 37-foot left-field wall, which had already knocked down two Red Sox line drives.
This one left no doubt.
It was the second career postseason grand slam for Victorino, who also had a record-setting hit-by-pitch in the sixth.
Scherzer and Clay Buchholz also matched up in Game 2, when the Tigers right-hander took a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth. The Red Sox rallied against the Detroit bullpen, tying it on David Ortiz’s eighth-inning grand slam and winning it in the ninth on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s walk-off single through a drawn-in infield.
Both starters gave up hits in the first inning in the rematch, but it remained scoreless until Bogaerts doubled off the Green Monster with two outs in the fifth and scored on Ellsbury’s single.
But the Tigers took the lead on the bottom half, chasing Buchholz with a walk and Miguel Cabrera’s single before Franklin Morales walked Prince Fielder on four pitches to load the bases with nobody out.

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