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Sox Have History on Their Side in Game 6

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…”).

Series Opponent Result Series result
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.

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