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American League Playoff Game Capsule

2:38 AM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - David Ortiz's two-out, game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Fenway faithful into a frenzy. And Jarrod Saltalamacchia's game-winning single in the ninth made sure the Red Sox escaped Boston with a series split. Saltalamacchia punched an opposite-field single past a drawn-in Detroit infield to plate the deciding run, as the Red Sox claimed a 6-5 come-from- behind victory over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. After managing just one hit in a 1-0 shutout in Game 1, the Red Sox seemed destined for a similar fate Sunday, as Detroit starter Max Scherzer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a two-out single to Shane Victorino. However, Boston battled back against Detroit's bullpen in the eighth, as Will Middlebrooks doubled and Jacoby Ellsbury walked before Pedroia's two-out single loaded the bases, prompting Detroit manager Jim Leyland to call for closer Joaquin Benoit. Ortiz wasted little time greeting the hard-throwing right-hander, as the Boston slugger scorched a first-pitch changeup over the right-field wall to tie the game. After Koji Uehara (1-0) retired the Tigers in order in the top of the ninth, Jonny Gomes led off the home half with a broken-bat slow roller to the hole at shortstop. Jose Iglesias smothered the grounder, but his off-balance throw to first skipped past Prince Fielder and out of play, allowing Gomes to move to second. Saltalamacchia then lifted a high fly ball into foul territory that Fielder appeared to have a beat on, but the burly first baseman was unable to haul in the popup among a swarm of fans reaching for the souvenir. Rick Porcello (0-1), who started the ninth for Detroit, then uncorked a wild pitch to put Gomes on third before Saltalamacchia slapped a sharp grounder past a drawn-in Iglesias at short to send the Red Sox to victory. Boston will look to build on its comeback win in Detroit on Tuesday, when veteran right- hander John Lackey toes the rubber for the Red Sox opposite 2011 AL MVP Justin Verlander in Game 3.

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