The Best Red Sox Games of All Time

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Without Bernie Carbo’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the 8th, we’d have no Fisk game-winner in the bottom of the 12th

Franchises as old as the Boston Red Sox inevitably have had countless unforgettable games, each passed down from generation to generation.

Narrowing down this mass of memorable moments is a task as tall as the Green Monster, but here are our five best Red Sox games of all-time.

October 21, 1975: Red Sox 7, Reds 6

The most iconic home run in both Red Sox and baseball history came in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. After three days of rain, the series resumed at Fenway with Cincinnati holding a 3-2 series lead.

Up 6-3 in the bottom of the 8th, the Reds looked close to clinching. Bernie Carbo then hit a game-tying pinch-hit jack, but the truly famous home run was yet to come. That happened in the bottom of the 12th, when Carlton Fisk hit (and waved) his infamous solo blast off the foul pole, forcing a decisive Game 7.

October 12, 1986: Red Sox 7, Angels 6

While 1986 isn’t the most fondly-remembered year in Red Sox lore, before Bill Buckner‘s gaffe came one of Boston’s most dramatic postseason games ever. In that year’s ALCS, Anaheim led the series 3-1 and seemed destined for their first World Series trip ever.

Down 5-1 entering the 9th, Boston clawed back thanks to a two-run home run by Don Baylor. One strike away from losing the series, Dave Henderson then smacked a go-ahead homer to give Boston a 6-5 lead. In the 11th the Red Sox eventually got the win, the first of three straight on their way to winning the pennant.

October 11, 1999: Red Sox 12, Indians 8

This whole list could be great Pedro games, but we opted to choose just one. In Game 1 of the 1999 ALDS, Pedro left the game after four innings due to injury. Boston ended up losing that game and the next, but entering Game 5 the series was tied 2-2.

Bret Saberhagen got the start in place of the still-injured Pedro. After he surrendered five runs in one inning and replacement Derek Lowe did equally as poor, Martinez got the call. Overcoming injury, Pedro threw six scoreless frames allowing Boston to come back and win 12-8 and take the series lead.

October 17, 2004: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4

The odds seemed insurmountable: no team had ever come back to win after being down 3-0 in a postseason series. Not to mention this was the still-cursed’ Red Sox. Sportsbooks, which were just starting to boom on many online platforms like around this time, had understandably counted the Red Sox out too, giving them odds as low as +1450 to come back and win the ALCS.

Boston actually blew their chance to “narrow” the series to 3-1 in the bottom of 9th, leaving the bases loaded. Over the next few innings, the Yankees deserted five runners of their own, leading to David Ortiz‘s bottom of the 12th game-winning homer that led to the impossible happening over the next few weeks.

October 13, 2013: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5

After being one-hit in Game 1 of 2013 ALDS, it took Boston another five innings in Game 2 to score their first run of the series against Detroit. Down 5-1 in the bottom of the 8th, the BoSox bats finally got going.

Big Papi hit a game-tying grand slam off Joaquin Benoit over the short wall in right. Koji Uehara preserved the tie in the top of the 9th and then Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke it in the bottom, hitting a walk-off single to complete the comeback and tie the series.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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