Buchholz got through five unscathed but two batters into the sixth it was obvious that he run out of gas. Franklin Morales came on with two on and no one out, walked the bases loaded and then gave up a two-run RBI single high off the Wall to Victor Martinez to put the Tigers up 2-1. With Brandon Workman in the game the Red Sox turned a very unusual 4-2 double play punctuated by Jarrod Saltalamacchia falling on top of Prince Fielder for the second out.
Buchholz allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four. For his part, Scherzer was brilliant through six innings before things came unglued in the seventh. Jonny Gomes led off with a Wall Ball double that barely missed being a home run. Following a Stephen Drew strikeout, Xander Bogaerts worked a walk. Ellsbury reached on an error by Jose Iglesias, and then Victorino (pictured) crushed a pitch by reliever Jose Veras into the Monster seats to give the Sox the win.
Following Morales, the Red Sox bullpen (Workman, Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow) turned in three scoreless innings before giving way to Koji Uehara in the ninth. Uehara allowed a two-out single in the ninth inning before striking out former teammate Igesias for the final out and the trip to the Fall Classic.
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