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The seven-run deficit was the largest overcome in a postseason game since Game 4 of 1929 World Series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In that one, the Philadelphia Athletics trailed by eight before a 10-run seventh inning powered them past the Chicago Cubs 10-8.
The Red Sox fell behind the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS before becoming the first major league team to rally from a 3-0 postseason deficit. Once in the World Series, they swept the St. Louis Cardinals for their first title in 86 years.
Three seasons later, Boston trailed the Cleveland Indians 3-1 in the ALCS before winning three straight and sweeping Colorado in the Series for their second title in four seasons.
"We all felt we couldn't let it end here, and we all believed we could come back," Matsuzaka said through a translator.
Akinori Iawmura led off the game with a single, then Upton homered onto the ledge atop the Green Monster to make it 2-0. Pena and Longoria went back-to-back in the third and it was 5-0. Manny Delcarmen walked two batters to start the seventh before closer Jonathan Papelbon, pressed into early service to save the season, gave up Upton's two-run double to make it 7-0.
Then came the Rays' big collapse.
"If you dwell on something like that and you get your mind in a negative mode,'" Maddon said, "nothing good is going to happen after that."
Notes: The top three batters in Tampa's order reached base 10 times. ... Upton has 10 RBIs in the series. ... Carl Crawford went 0-for-4 after going 5-for-5 in Game 4. ... Ortiz had been 1-for-17 in the series before his homer. ... Curt Schilling, the bloody-socked hero of the team's angst-ending 2004 championship, threw out the ceremonial pitch -- his only appearance on the Fenway mound this season. He bounced it about 8 feet in front of the plate. ... Matsuzaka allowed five runs in four-plus innings.
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