BOSTON — Shane Victorino’s grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning pushed the Boston Red Sox past the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series and into the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
With Detroit leading 2-1, Victorino crushed an 0-2 breaking ball from Tigers reliever Jose Veras over the Green Monster at Fenway Park to put the Red Sox in front for good. ALCS MVP Koji Uehara got the save in the 9th to preserve the 5-2 win and put the Red Sox back in the World Series for the first time since 2007.
Detroit took the lead in the top of the sixth when Victor Martinez crushed a single off the Green Monster in left center that scored two and put the Tigers up 2-1 with runners at the corners and no outs. But Jhonny Peralta grounded into an unusual double play in the very next at-bat.
Peralta grounded to Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who tagged out Martinez and then quickly threw home to catch Prince Fielder in a pickle. Fielder was tagged out as he fell over trying to get back to third base.
Boston will now take on St. Louis in the World Series which begins Wednesday at Fenway Park. FOX 17 will broadcast the entire World Series with Game 1’s coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.