Boston's David Ortiz is congratulated after his grand slam to tie the game 5-5 in the eighth inning. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)
1. David Ortiz
Ortiz had 14 postseason home runs entering Sunday, but never a grand slam. That changed with two out in the eighth inning, when he torched a Joaquin Benoit change-up into the Red Sox bullpen, just out of the reach of twisting-and-turning Torii Hunter. The epic blast tied a game the Red Sox, moments earlier, looked certain to lose.
2. Max Scherzer
What more can you say about this guy, and the entire Tigers rotation, really? He was electric from the get-go, with a pumped-up fastball and a devastating change-up. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and finished with 13 strikeouts in seven innings. He pitched a game the Tigers deserved to win, but their bullpen had other plans.
3. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
He should’ve been out. Prince Fielder should’ve caught his foul pop-up in the ninth inning. But, of course, he didn’t, and Saltalamacchia made him and the Tigers pay dearly on the very next pitch from hard-luck Rick Porcello, lining a single to left that scored Jonny Gomes with the winning run to cap a wild night at Fenway Park.