MLB: Boston Red Sox makes World Series beating Detroit Tigers in American League
Last Updated: October 20, 2013 1:34pm
The Boston Red Sox will face the St Louis Cardinals in Baseball's World Series
The Boston Red Sox booked their place in the World Series after Shane Victorino inspired them to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam ensured victory for the Red Sox, whose success in game six gave them an unassailable 4-2 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series.
The match remained scoreless until the fifth inning, where Xander Bogaerts doubled with two outs before scoring a single.
But the Tigers took the lead immediately after and the momentum looked to be swinging their way until Victorino propelled them to a four-run seventh-inning and Detroit's hopes faded thereafter.
After finishing last in the AL East last season with a 69-93 record, Boston have buonced back this year to make the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons, but their first since 2007.
"From Day One in spring training there was something special about this team," said Victorino, one of a number of new players brought after last season.
"Guys came here in one mindset. I know the last couple of years have been tough here. But you know, we put that all behind us. Boston strong."
The Red Sox will face the St Louis Cardinals in the World Series, who saw off the challenge of the Los Angeles Dodgers 24 hours earlier.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara picked up the series MVP award after winning one game and securing three saves.