The number of scoreless innings posted by the Red Sox middle-relief trio of Javier Lopez, Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima to get to closer Jonathan Papelbon. After a start that saw Matsuzaka venture all over the place, the solid relief allowed the Red Sox to stay in the game.
Connected for the game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox the win.
Came through with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the first to put the Red Sox up, 2-0.
Batting with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, the Red Sox third baseman hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 3.
Sense of October
Scoreboard watching can be a part of the atmosphere during the first round of the playoffs, and what better way to cheer up the Fenway faithful than bad news about the Yankees? Right after Orlando Cabrera hit an RBI double in the second to put the Angels up, 3-2, the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Indians was posted, turning the Fenway frowns upside down.
Lines of the Game
1 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 4 BB
Ortiz singled and scored in the first then walked in his next four at-bats. He is now hitting .750 (3-for-4) in the series, with one home run and two RBIs.
4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks
The rookie righty did not have his best stuff and allowed the Angels to get his pitch count up to 96 by the time he got lifted with two outs in the fifth.
"Not really. He's hurt this team a little bit. And they had to put it in the hands of Manny. That's what they had to do." -- Jason Varitek when asked if he was surprised the Angels pitched around Ortiz to get to Ramirez
After taking Game 2 in come-from-behind fashion, the Red Sox have the Angels in a bad place as the series heads west to Anaheim. Curt Schilling, one of baseball's all-time postseason greats, will start for Boston on Sunday afternoon as it tries to sweep the series and advance to the American League Championship Series.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.