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Torii Hunter can’t catch up to Ortiz grand slam

Torii Hunter
Torii Hunter went head-over-heels and fans erupted after David Ortiz’s game-tying home run. Stan Grossfeld / Globe Staff

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The thought ran through Torii Hunter’s mind the same way it did everyone else’s.

The bases were loaded, the once-comfortable 5-1 lead the Tigers had been sitting on felt like a bed of nails, and David Ortiz was coming to the plate.

The task fell on Joaquin Benoit to get Ortiz out and get the Tigers out of a jam.

Benoit fed Ortiz a first-pitch fastball, Ortiz sent it howling toward the bullpen.

Hunter made a leap for the ball, cartwheeling over the wall and into the Red Sox bullpen without making the catch.

Ortiz’s grand slam propelled the Red Sox to a 6-5 win that seemed to give them new life after struggling to solve the Tigers pitching staff.

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