With Tampa's foot planted firmly on their throats, the Red Sox wriggled loose and recorded the largest postseason comeback since 1929 with an 8-7 win.
(From the Tampa Tribune): "The Rays, once seemingly moments from the World Series, walked from the field at Fenway Park as Sox danced and fans screamed, victims of what will go down as the greatest single-game comeback in LCS history -- the greatest collapse, too. The tubs of champagne, which had been sitting in tubs on carts, were quickly wheeled out of view ... Scott Kazmir, validating (Joe) Maddon's choice of Game 5 starting pitcher, held up his end and then some: six innings of two-hit, shutout ball. ... But, cruel irony, it was the bullpen, the backbone of this worst-to-first season all along, that couldn't hold it, and the defense, rock solid all year, that let it slip away. The bullpen meltdown was particularly amazing. It had allowed just four runs in 24-plus postseason innings, pitching to a 1.33 ERA. It allowed eight Thursday."