BOSTON - J.D. Drew drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap an improbable comeback and give Boston an 8-7 win over Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the ALCS.
Boston trailed 7-0 in the seventh inning and it looked like it was over for the defending World Series champs.
But Rays manager Joe Maddon decided to pull starter Scott Kazmir, who had blanked the Red Sox on two hits with five strikeouts in six innings, and that's when the roof caved in on Tampa Bay.
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in a four-run seventh off of reliever Grant Balfour. Drew hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Coco Crisp tied the game with a single off of reliever Dan Wheeler.
Then Drew finished it with a game-winning single off former Kansas City Royal J.P. Howell.
Tampa Bay looked like it was on its way to the World Series for
the first time before the bullpen meltdown.
B.J Upton hit a two-run homer in the first and had four RBIs. Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers in the third to help build a lead the Rays couldn't hold.
Tampa Bay still leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 with Game 6
Saturday in St. Petersburg. They could make their way to their first World Series in front of the home crowd this weekend.