Oct 20, 2004: Red Sox rise from the dead
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sat, 10/20/2012 - 5:00am
Back from the brink
THE BRONX, NEW YORK - By defeating the New York Yankees 10-3 on this date in 2004, the Boston Red Sox became the first team in history to win a best of seven playoff series after losing the first three games. Every game after the third was an elimination game for the Red Sox, and games four and five were not for the faint of heart.
It was the bottom of the ninth in game 4. The Red Sox were three outs from going home, down 4-3. Kevin Millar walked to lead off. Brian Roberts ran for Millar and proceeded to steal second. Roberts scored the tying run on a base hit by 3rd baseman Bill Mueller. The Red Sox were unable to bring the winning run around, so extra innings it went. No one scored in the 10th or 11th. The Yankees went down in the 12th without scoring, but the Red Sox wasted little time putting the game away. Manny Ramirez singled to left and David Ortiz followed with a walk-off home run.
The Red Sox trailed late in game 5 too. They tied the Yankees in the bottom of the eighth. Again, it went into extra innings, and again, David Ortiz drove in the winning run with a walk-off single in the 14th.
The Red Sox had to win the next two in Yankee Stadium, which they did, 4-2 and 10-3. The next stop - the World Series. The Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.
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