Jed Lowrie's walk-off single
sends the Red Sox to the 2008 ALCS

ON THIS DATE (October 6, 2008) ... With the score tied in the ninth inning, Jason Bay had hit a ground-rule double, then slid home as rookie Jed Lowrie singled into right field.

Instead of taking their already-packed bags and equipment with them on a plane, the Sox crowded the Fenway field, celebrating their 3-2 win that clinched this series and their fourth trip in six years to the American League Championship Series.

Jon Lesterís seven scoreless innings brought the Sox six outs from claiming victory. But Los Angeles tied it in the eighth against the Boston bullpen and nearly took the lead on a squeeze bunt in the ninth. But the game was still tied in the ninth.

JED LOWRIE

So it came down to that, to the double by Bay that bounced into the stands in right field. Had it not, Bay was likely at third base at least. But it curved, it found the crowd, and Bay was on second. But only until Lowrie singled to right off Scot Shields, bringing Bay home with a hand tag, bringing on the champagne and bringing on the ALCS and the Rays.

The celebration continued past the midnight hour, as players and team executives toasted one another and took photos with their children on the infield while fans lingered by the dugout. It was still going at 12:24 when the ballpark organist broke into "The Impossible Dream." The Fenway lawn and home clubhouse should be dry by the time the ALCS comes to Boston. Bring on the Rays. Bring on the Dodgers or Phillies if you like. There is plenty of champagne left in New England and Mayor Menino has sent the duck boats to have their tires rotated.



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W-Manny Delcarmen (1-0)
L-Scot Shields (0-1)
Attendance - 38,785

 2B-Morales (LA), Pedroia (Bost), Bay (Bost)