For much of Sunday night, it looked as if the Detroit Tigers were heading home with a 2-0 lead and Justin Verlander ready for Game 3.
Then, the Detroit bullpen faltered.
For the second straight night, a Tigers starter had completely baffled the Boston Red Sox, but Max Scherzer was hooked after seven innings.
Detroit led 5-1. Scherzer had thrown 108 pitchers and struck out 13, so the lead looked somewhat safe.
The Red Sox had just three hits in the series' first 16 innings, and as good as their lineup is, they just couldn’t be held.
Four relievers didn’t do their job in the eighth, culminating in Joaquin Benoit allowing a grand-slam home run to David Ortiz, tying the game at 5.
Rick Porcello, the fifth starter during the season, came on for the ninth. Manager Jim Leyland was thinking that Porcello could pitch for several innings if needed. He didn’t make it. After two batters, he was done.
Jonny Gomes reached on an infield single and was awarded second on a throwing error, moved to third on Porcello’s wild pitch and scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s single, and the series was tied at 1.
Most forecasted a tough series, but after seven innings, a short one looked possible.
The Division Series fun has carried on to the League Championship Series. Game 3 is Tuesday at Comerica Park with Verlander facing Boston’s John Lackey.