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Boston Red Sox second finalist for World Series!
BOSTON, Massachusetts (USA) - Boston Red Sox came from behind to win 5-2 on a grand slam homerun to win the best-of-seven American League Championship Series vs. Detroit Tigers, 4-2. With that, the BoSox will play for the 13th time in the World Series. In the final, they will face St. Louis Cardinals, whom they also met in the 2004 Series, which was the first time Boston won a Series after 86 years.

After the game had remained scoreless for four innings, Boston opened the score in the bottom of the fifth inning. Detroit-starter Max Scherzer saw Boston reach base in the first and third inning, but the home team was unable to score. In the first, Scherzer gave up a 2-out single to Dustin Pedroia, then walked David Ortiz, but a grounder ended the inning. Scherzer then struckout the side in the second at bat.

In the third inning, Boston came very close to open the score. Xander Bogaerts and Jacoby Ellsbury walked, then Scherzer made a great catch on a bunt-attempt by Shane Victorino. Next batter Dustin Pedroia then hit the ball deep into leftfield, but on the wrong side of the foul-pole. The play was reviewed, but it remained a foul ball. Moments later, Pedroia grounded into a double play that ended the inning.

After Boston was retired in order again in the fourth, including two more strikeouts, they opened the score in the fifth at bat. And it was Aruban infielder Xander Bogaerts, who contributed to the first run. With two outs, Bogaerts doubled, then scored when Jaconby Ellsbury followed with a single. The inning ended when Ellsbury was caught stealing.

Boston-starter Clay Buchholz held Detroit scoreless in the first five innings he pitched. He gave up a lead-off single to Torii Hunter in the first inning, but then retired the next three batters. He gave up another single in the second and third at bat, but that didn't harm him also. In the fifth, Buchholz walked Austin Jackson and again, the defense did the rest. José Iglesias, who started the season with Boston but then was traded to Detroit, grounded into a double play to end the at bat.

Trailing 1-0, Detroit scored twice in the sixth inning. Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera singled, which brought in new pitcher Franklin Morales. But he walked Prince Fielder, which loaded the bases, then gave up a 2-run single to Victor Martinez. Brandon Workman took over the pitching to face Jhonny Peralta. He grounded into a double play, but also injured himself while advancing to second base and had to be replaced by a pinch-runner. A strikeout ended the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Boston got runners on second and third base with two outs, but they were left behind.

After Detroit got two batters on with two outs, but failed to score in the top of the seventh, Boston struck big in the bottom of the seventh inning and turned the game around in its favor. Jonny Gomes led off with a double, then Xander Bogaerts walked with one out. This brought in new pitcher Drew Smyly, who relieved Scherzer. But he saw Jacoby Ellsbury reach on an error on a force play-grounder, which loaded the bases and brought in another pitcher. José Veras took the mound to face Shane Victorino and he drilled on a 0-2 pitch into leftfield for a grand slam homerun and a 5-2 lead!

Koji Uehara, who was named MVP of the Series, took the mound in the ninth inning, gave up a 2-out single, but ended the game by striking out former Red Sox José Iglesias.

(October 19)

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