The Boston Red Sox have set yet another American League Championship series record. David Ortiz and JD Drew powered the Sox back from a seven run deficit, the largest overcome in ALCS history (and second biggest in playoff history). The Rays jumped ahead early, putting up five runs on the board against Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. At the end of a a disastrous seventh inning, the Sox found themselves down seven runs.
After a Jed Lowrie double and a Coco Crisp single, David Ortiz put the Sox on the board with a towering homer to left off of Rays reliever Grant Balfour. Jonathan Papelbon held the Rays scoreless in the top of the eighth inning, and a JD Drew 2-run jack put the Sox within one. Coco Crisp hit a long single that scored Mark Kotsay, tying up the game.
Justin Masterson pitched a clean inning, giving the Sox a chance to work some of their walk-off magic. With two down in the bottom of the ninth, a throwing error by Tampa third baseman Evan Longoria allowed Kevin Youkilis to get on base. Joe Maddon called for the intentional walk of Jason Bay, bringing up JD Drew. Drew hit a long fly to right that outfielder Gabe Gross could not quite get a handle on, giving Youkilis a chance to score the winning run.
The dramatic win give the Sox momentum as they head to face the Rays in Tampa. Josh Beckett will match up against James shields on Saturday night as they try to force a game seven.
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