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Boston comes from behind (Ortiz slams) to win Game 2 ALCS
BOSTON, Massachusetts (USA) - The pitching of Detroit Tigers-starter Max Scherzer was outstanding for seven innings in Game 2 of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series vs. Boston Red Sox. On Saturday, the Tigers won 1-0 and took a No-Hitter into the ninth inning, but the BoSox then hit their lone hit of the game. Tonight (Sunday, October 13), Boston was hitless again through five innings and trailed 5-0 when the bottom of the 6th began. But the Detroit-bullpen then saw the Red Sox made it a 5-5 score in the eighth inning and won 6-5 in the next at bat to even the series at 1-1. The series now moves to Detroit, where Game 3 will be played on Tuesday.

Detroit-starter Max Scherzer struckout nine batters and pitched five hitless innings, before allowing two in the sixth, which led to a run. Scherzer began the sixth inning with his tenth strikeout, then pop-fly followed. His No-Hitter was then broken when Shane Victorino singled. Moments later, he scored when Dustin Pedroia followed with a double, but Scherzer then struckout David Ortiz to end the inning. Before the sixth inning, Scherzer had allowed only two players to reach base. The first with a hit by pitch in the first inning, the other one with a walk in the third at bat.

At the moment Boston scored its run, they were trailing 5-0. Detroit had opened the score in the second inning off of starter Clay Buchholz. With one out, Victor Martinez doubled and moved to third base on a single by Jhonny Peralta. He then scored when Alex Avila also singled.

In the top of the 6th inning, Detroit rallied for four runs. With one out, Miguel Cabrera homered, then Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez hit back-to-back doubles to produce another run. After Jhonny Peralta lined out, Alex Avila hit a 2-run homerun to lift the lead to 5-0. Next batter Omar Infante then singled, which brought in new pitcher Brandon Workman, who walked Don Kelly, but ended the at bat with a groundout.

In the eighth inning, Detroit used four different pitchers, but they couldn't avoid that Boston loaded the bases and scored four runs to tie the score. First, José Veras relieved Max Scherzer and he walked Will Middlebrooks with one out. His reliever Drew Smyly then walked Jacoby Ellsbury and was replaced by Al Albuquerque. He struckout Shane Victorino, but then gave up a single to Dustin Pedroia to load the bases. Hereafter, closer Joaquin Benoit was brought in. On Saturday, he gave up the lone basehit to Boston and now his first delivery to David Ortiz ended in a grand slam homerun that tied the score!

In the ninth inning, Rick Porcello took over the pitching and gave up a lead-off single to Jonny Gomes, who then advanced on a wild pitch. Next, Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled to bring in Gomes for the winning run.

(October 13)

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