Joe Kelly and his moustache Joe Kelly and His Moustache Continue to Impress Hanley attempting to play the outfield (Charles Krupa/Associated Press) Hanley Moving to First! Red Sox Defense is Saved! Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots 3rd Game, Trades, 9/11 Fallout I believe in miracles: Rick Porcello goes seven shutout innings off the DL to beat Chris Sale and the White Sox. (Getty Images) Miracles Do Happen! Porcello, Tazawa Outduel Sale, White Sox in Red Sox Shutout

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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