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The Red Sox are American League Champions!
Shane Victorino's grand slam in the 7th inning rallies the Red Sox past the Tigers, 5-2 in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and clinches the third AL Title in 10 years for Boston.
Down 2-1 headed into the 7th inning, Boston loaded the bases on a Jonny Gomes double that just missed being a home run by several inches, a Xander Bogaerts walk and an error by Jose Iglesias that put Jacoby Ellsbury on first. Victorino then sent the Red Sox into the World Series with a bomb into the Monster Seats to send the AL Champs into a matchup with St. Louis starting on Wednesday in Boston.
Dustin Pedroia almost gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead in the 3rd but the ball just curved foul past the Fisk Pole by a couple of inches. Ellsbury gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the 5th on an RBI single bringing Bogaerts home.
The Tigers took the lead right back in the 6th on a Victor Martinez double off the left field wall off Franklin Morales. That's all Detroit would get as Prince Fielder got doubled off third base to on a Jhonny Peralta ground ball to second baseman to help squash the rally. Brandon Workman followed Morales with an inning and 2/3 of work to hold it at the 2-1 deficit
Max Scherzer (3 runs, 4 hits, 8 K's), who saw a 5-1 lead in game 2 fall apart, gets the hard-luck loss, pitching just 6 1/3 innings and leaving the game after 110 pitches. Junichi Tazawa gets the win after getting Miguel Cabrera on a wide-ranging ground out to Stephen Drew to end the 7th inning. Craig Breslow worked a 1-2-3 8th inning as well.
Game 1 of the World Series will be in Boston as the Cardinals come to Fenway Park for a rematch of the 2004 World Series which the Red Sox swept four games to none.