Sox rally to stay alive
The Boston Red Sox come from 7-0 down to keep their World Series hopes alive.
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2008 14:27 GMT

Drew celebrates after hitting the winning RBI [GALLO/GETTY]
The Boston Red Sox rallied from a 7-0 deficit to record an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays to stay alive in the American League Championship Series.

The Rays now lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with the final two games to be held in St Petersburg.

Outfielder JD Drew drove in Kevin Youklis for the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, after he had also hit an eighth-inning two run-homer.

The Red Sox rally, however, had begun in the seventh inning when a single by second-baseman Dustin Pedroia scored shortstop Jed Lowrie to put Boston on the board.

David Ortiz followed up with a three-run homer into right field, snapping his 15-game slump without a home run and rousing Fenway Park's 38,437 fans from their seats and into roars of "Let's Go Red Sox."

Drew's eighth inning homer kept the momentum going before centrefielder Coco Crisp tied the game with a single that scored Mark Kotsay.

Youklis fouled off a number of pitches before he hit a grounder to third baseman Evan Longoria, whose throw to first went astray and allowed Youklis to advance to second.

Tampa pitcher JP Howell then intentionally walked Jason Bay before Drew lined the 3-1 pitch to right field to score Youklis for the winning run.

The winner of the ALCS will meet the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series.

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