BOSTON -- A night after helping the Tigers take a no-hitter in the ninth inning, the bullpen faltered badly in the eighth inning.
Jose Veras allowed a one-out double to Will Middlebrooks. Lefty Drew Smyly came in to pitch to left-handed hitter Jacoby Ellsbury and gave up a walk.
Al Alburquerque was brought in and got Victorino to strike out, before giving up a single to Pedroia to load the bases.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland then brought Joaquin Benoit to pitch to David Ortiz.
Ortiz sent the first pitch over the fence in right for a game-tying grand slam. Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter went over the wall hard in an attempt.
The next inning, after Mike Napoli reached on a broken-bat single, advanced to second on an error and then to third on a wild pitch, Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove him home with a walk-off single as the Red Sox took Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday night at Fenway Park, 6-5.
The series is tied, 1-1. Game 3 is Tuesday in Detroit.
For the third consecutive game, a Tigers starting pitcher had at least 10 strikeouts and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. While the Tigers have fallen short in completing the no-hit bids, they continue to dominate the opposition.
Max Scherzer didn't allow a hit on Sunday night until Shane Victorino singled to left with two outs in the sixth.
Dustin Pedroia followed with a double off the wall to center to bring Victorino home. That was the first run the Red Sox had scored against the Tigers at Fenway Park in the series.
He allowed two hits, two walks and one earned run over seven innings with 13 strikeouts. Scherzer was one strikeout shy of the club record for single-game strikeouts in the postseason. Joe Coleman had 14 strikeouts in Game 3 of the 1972 ALCS vs. Oakland.
The Tigers used a four-run sixth inning to break open a 5-0 lead. Miguel Cabrera sent a high breaking ball over the Green Monster to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning. It was Cabrera's second home run in the three games.
Before Cabrera's home run in Game 5 of the ALDS against Oakland, he had not hit a home run since Sept. 17.
Prince Fielder followed with a double off the left field wall, followed by an RBI double to right by Victor Martinez.
After Jhonny Peralta lined out to center, Alex Avila launched a two-run home run. Omar Infante followed with a single to center, ending the night for Red Sox starter Clay Buchholtz.
Buchholtz, who was 9-1 this season, gave up eight hits and five earned runs over 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning with three consecutive hits with one out. Martinez doubled on a line drive off the center field wall. Peralta followed with a single to left. Avila followed with a sharply hit grounder to center, which scored Martinez.
The Red Sox had the first baserunner of the night. Victorino was hit by a pitch from Scherzer with one out in the first inning. It was the fifth time this postseason that Victorino has been hit by a pitch, the most for any player in a single postseason ever.
Scherzer struck out the next four batters he faced and seven of the next nine. With that, the Red Sox had struck out 24 times over the first 12 innings of the ALCS. Pedroia and David Ortiz went down swinging to end the first inning. Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes were each called out on strikes in the second inning, before Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to second.
Stephen Drew struck out looking, then spent a couple seconds talking to home plate umpire Rob Drake to lead off the third. Will Middlebrooks followed and struck out swinging. After giving up a walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, Scherzer got Victorino to strike out swinging.
In eight of their last nine postseason games the Tigers have recorded at least 10 strikeouts as a staff.
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