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Tonight, the Red Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays in another do-or-die game for the team. The Sox made a miraculous comeback in Game 5, down 7-0 with two outs in the seventh inning, to win 8-7 and force Game 6. Josh Beckett will take the mound and oppose righty “Big Game” James Shields. It may take another miracle for the Sox to win Game 6 (due to Beckett’s recent struggles), but the Sox may have a little history on their side.
According to the Boston.com blogger Chris Forsberg’s research, the Red Sox have never lost a Game 6 when trailing a series 3-2. It’s true. In every single do-or-die Game 6 in their history, they have won on the road and home. Overall, the Sox are 8-3 all-time in Game 6, with their last loss coming against the Mets in the 1986 World Series (“and it gets through Buckner…”).
|1903 – WS||Pittsburgh||Won on Road||Won in 8|
|1967 – WS||St. Louis||Won at Home||Lost in 7|
|1975 – WS||Cincinnati||Won at Home||Lost in 7|
|1986 – LCS||California||Won at Home||Won in 7|
|2003 – LCS||New York||Won on Road||Lost in 7|
|2004 – LCS||New York||Won on Road||Won in 7|
|2007 – LCS||Cleveland||Won at Home||Won in 7|
*The Red Sox won Game 8 in 1903 to clinch the title in a best-of-9 format
So does that mean the Red Sox will beat the Rays? No…not at all, but it’s cool when history is on your side.