Shane Victorino’s grand slam sends Red Sox to World Series

The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons.

Shane Victorino’s seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the American League Championship Series in six games and setting up a World Series rematch with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Detroit took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning with Max Scherzer on the mound.  But a double, a walk and an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias in the seventh set up Victorino, who lofted an 0-2 pitch from Jose Veras over the Green Monster.

The Red Sox will host Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday against the Cardinals (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX).  The Cardinals won the NL Pennant on Friday night by eliminating the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.

This is the the 13th AL pennant for the Red Sox and their first since they swept the Colorado Rockies to win the 2007 World Series.  Boston swept the Cardinals in 2004 to clinch the title.

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