Oct. 13: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5
Recap: Down by four runs in Game 2 of the ALCS, the Sox tied the game on a grand slam by David Ortiz in the eighth inning then won it when Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to drive in Jonny Gomes in the ninth. Gomes, again the catalyst, broke his bat and dove into first with an infield single. Jose Iglesias made an ill-advised throw that hopped past Prince Fielder and Gomes was awarded second base. Salty nearly fouled out to Fielder near the stands but he missed the ball. A wild pitch moved Gomes up before Salty singled to left. It was bedlam at Fenway as the players burst from the dugout with their 12th walk-off win of the season.
They said it: “When you back us into a wall, you either do two things: cave or fight. We’re gonna fight.”—Dustin Pedroia