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Boston's World Series Run In 43 Photographs

With great pitching and timely hitting, the Red Sox made their way through a highlight-filled playoff run to another World Series title. Here's how they did it.

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Jonny Gomes' knack for scoring dramatically was foreshadowed in the ALDS against the Rays and confirmed in emphatic fashion later in October.



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But Boston would finish things off the next night with a 3-1 win. At just 21 years old, Xander Bogaerts scored Boston's final run of the series.



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Dustin Pedroia was not pleased to be called out on strikes in Game 1 of the ALCS against Detroit. He had plenty of company, as several Tigers combined to throw a 1-0 shutout at Fenway Park.


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But Boston's entire postseason turned in the eighth inning of Game 2, when David Ortiz hit his dramatic grand slam to right field, turning a 5-1 deficit into a tie game.


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And Torii Hunter going over the wall in vain — with BPD officer Steve Horgan throwing his arms up in exaltation — became the iconic moment of the playoffs and maybe the whole season.



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Detroit came back to win Game 4, 7-3, and with one more game at Comerica Park, Boston sent Jon Lester to the mound in Game 5 with the series tied.


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Lester brought his A-game, and the Red Sox brought a roughneck style of play befitting their mountain man beards, though David Ross was called out on this collision with Alex Avila.


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Former Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias made this spectacular play to help keep the game close, but the Detroit offense couldn't muster enough runs.



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It was Ortiz again who helped get the Sox going in Game 1 of the Fall Classic as part of the three-run, first-inning scoring barrage against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.


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Carlos Beltran, who bruised his ribs in Game 1 in the process of stealing a grand slam away from Ortiz, scored on this nice slide in Game 3, which St. Louis won, 5-4.


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But in Game 4, once again, it was Jonny Gomes (background) who stepped up. His three-run homer in the sixth inning gave Boston a 4-1 lead that it would not relinquish.


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Game 5 was a better version of Game 1. Adam Wainwright pitched much better, but Jon Lester was, once again, superior when he needed to be. Here, David Ross is tagged out in the seventh inning on a play at home.


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Uehara held Boston's lead in the ninth, and 3-1 victory gave the Sox the chance to clinch a World Series at home for the first time in 95 years.


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In the deciding Game 6, Shane Victorino's three-run double would provide all the offense the Sox would need. With a nifty slide, Jonny Gomes accounted for the third run.


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And David Ross and his wife Hyla made their way to the outfield for a moment alone as a city celebrated outside the walls of Fenway. See you next year, baseball.


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