Photos: Red Sox’ ride to the World Series
Photos: Red Sox’ ride to the World Series
The Red Sox completed an improbable worst-to-first ride by winning the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 30.
The win completed a thrilling postseason for the team, which defeated Tampa Bay, Detroit, and St. Louis en route to celebrating the eighth championship in franchise history.
The postseason began with a 12-2 victory over Tampa Bay in the ALDS opener. Stephen Drew scored one of the Red Sox' five runs in the fifth as they seized the lead.
In Game 2, David Ortiz hit two home runs to lead the Red Sox to a 7-4 win and a 2-0 series lead.
The Red Sox had a hiccup in Game 3, when the Rays came from behind to win. Closer Koji Uehara allowed a walkoff home run by Jose Lobaton in the 5-4 loss.
The Red Sox found their winning ways again in Game 4, when they defeated the Rays, 3-1, to advance to the ALCS.
The ALCS began with a whimper when the Red Sox were shut out (and nearly no-hit) by Anibal Sanchez and Detroit relievers. The Sox didn't muster a hit until the ninth inning in a 1-0 loss.
David Ortiz helped recharge the Red Sox in Game 2, when his eighth-inning grand slam tied the game at 5-5.
Ortiz's home run went into the bullpen just out of the reach of a diving Torii Hunter. The image of Hunter falling and police officer Steve Horgan celebrating would become an iconic moment of the postseason run.
The Red Sox seized a 2-1 series lead when the teams moved to Detroit on the strength of Mike Napoli's solo home run that was the difference-maker in a Game 3 win.
The Red Sox faltered in Game 4 in Detroit, and after a 7-3 loss, the series was tied, 2-2.
Koji Uehara (right) got the final five outs in Game 5 to complete a 4-3 win that was helped by Mike Napoli's home run.
Shane Victorino blasted a grand slam in the seventh inning of Game 6 to give the Red Sox a series-clinching 5-2 win.
Koji Uehara leapt into Jarrod Saltalamacchia's arms after closing out the win that sent the Red Sox to their first World Series since 2007.
A rainbow rose over Fenway Park as the Red Sox prepared to welcome the Cardinals to Boston for the World Series.
The teams lined the field at Fenway Park during the ceremonies to mark the beginning of the World Series.
David Ortiz slid home with the third run on a three-run double clubbed by Mike Napoli in the first inning of Game 1.
Ortiz would also add a home run to help power the Red Sox' 8-1 victory over the Cardinals.
Hosting the World Series brought an electric atmosphere to Fenway Park.
Before Game 2, the Red Sox honored members of the 2004 championship team, including Pedro Martinez (center).
Ortiz hit another home run in Game 2, with his two-run shot giving the Red Sox a brief 2-1 lead.
The Red Sox would lose Game 2, 4-2, after they came undone in a three-run seventh inning.
The games then shifted to St. Louis, where the Cardinals were preparing to host their second World Series in three years.
The Cardinals claimed Game 3 after a controversial obstruction call ended the game in the bottom of the ninth. Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was called for obstruction after tangling with Allen Craig on this play.
The play, which marked the first time a postseason game had ever ended on an obstruction call, left a bitter taste with the Red Sox. “I don’t care what anybody says, that’s no way for a World Series game to end,” Ortiz said.
The Red Sox bounced back in Game 4. Jonny Gomes's three-run home run in the sixth inning allowed the Red Sox even the series with a 4-2 win.
Game 4 ended in an unusual fashion when Koji Uehara picked off Kolten Wong at first base, with the tag applied by Mike Napoli.
The Red Sox seemed to seize control of the Series in Game 5, when David Ross's double set up a two-run seventh inning.
Jon Lester earned his second win of the series after throwing 7.2 innings in Game 5.
Manager John Farrell took his team back to Boston with a 3-2 series lead.
The start of Game 6 brought a great sense of anticipation to Fenway Park, with the Red Sox having a chance to clinch a World Series title at home for the first time in 95 years.
The Prudential Building was lit up with a note of encouragement for the Red Sox.
Shane Victorino put the Red Sox on the board with a three-run double in the third inning.
Jonny Gomes slid home just ahead of the tag of Yadier Molina after Victorino's double, which put the Red Sox ahead for good.
These BU police officers celebrated when the Red Sox rallied to add three more runs in the fourth inning.
John Lackey pitched 6.2 innings to earn the win in the clinching game for the Red Sox.
Koji Uehara came in to close out the victory, which gave the Red Sox their third championship in 10 seasons.
Red Sox owners Larry Lucchino, Tom Werner, and John Henry (left to right) accepted their third World Series trophy since buying the team in 2002.
David Ortiz was named MVP of the World Series after reaching base in 19 of 25 plate appearances.
Dustin Pedroia was able to stand with the World Series trophy for the second time in his career.
David Ortiz lifted Koji Uehara in celebration in the moments after the game.
Ortiz also led his teammates in a champagne-fueled party inside the clubhouse.
Jonny Gomes and many other players came back out onto the field to celebrate with fans inside Fenway Park.