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The Red Sox came back from the dead Sunday night, rallying to score five runs in the eighth and ninth innings to steal Game 2 of the ALCS, beating Detroit 6-5.
Going into the eighth inning, the Red Sox had mustered only three hits in the first 16 innings of the series, getting just one in Game 1 and two in seven innings against Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who no-hit the Red Sox through 5.2 innings on Sunday. One of the hits, though, was a Dustin Pedroia double that scored Shane Victorino in the sixth.
Then, in the eighth, the Red Sox strung together a rally, loading the bases for David Ortiz, who cleared them on the first pitch, sending a grand slam, along with a leaping Torii Hunter, into the right field bullpen. The home run tied the game at 5, and led to more drama in the 9th.
In the 9th, Jonny Gomes reached on an infield single, but moved to second on a wild throw by Jose Iglesias. Gomes then moved to third on a wild pitch, and later scored on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia single to win the game.
Clay Buchholz started for the Sox, allowing five runs in 5.2 innings.
Game 3 is on Tuesday afternoon in Detroit, where John Lackey will oppose Justin Verlander.