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Oct 14, 2013 12:29 AM by Bill Halter, AP

Ortiz is the hero again as Red Sox shock Tigers

BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz revived the Red Sox with a tying grand slam in the eighth inning, then Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a winning single in the ninth that sent Boston past the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday night to even the AL championship series at 1-all.

The Tigers were cruising to their second straight win at Fenway Park, with starter Max Scherzer taking a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning.

But with one swing, Ortiz changed everything. His two-out shot sent right fielder Torii Hunter jack-knifing into the Boston bullpen in a futile attempt to catch the ball, making it 5-5.

Saltalamacchia's single came after a series of Tigers misplays in the ninth. A wild throw, a wild pitch and a missed catch set up the game-ending hit.

The teams head to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday. Justin Verlander will face Boston's John Lackey.

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