Veteran Red Sox appreciative of World Series trip ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page John Tlumacki/Globe staff Shane Victorino celebrated his seventh-inning grand slam as he headed to first base. Bill Greene/globe staff The grand slam put the Sox at a 5-2 lead and catapulted Boston to the World Series. Stan Grossfeld/globe staff Victorino's grand slam landed in the Green Monster seats. Jim Davis/Globe Staff The Red Sox beat the Tigers in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, 5-2. John Tlumacki/Globe staff Red Sox fan Kacie Smith, 14, of Chicopee watched batting practice while wearing a beard. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Former Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller threw the ceremonial first pitch. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Red Sox fan Marymalane Mayo of Barnstead, N.H., took a peek from between Big League Brian Dwyer's legs before the game. Bill greene/globe staff Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz threw to Torii Hunter in the first inning. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Miguel Cabrera flipped his bat after striking out in the third inning. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Xander Bogaerts lunged but couldn't get a single off the bat of Torii Hunter. John Tlumacki/Globe staff Buchholz struck out Prince Fielder in the first inning. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Dustin Pedroia leaped for a hit by Omar Infante in the second inning. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer made a sliding catch of a third-inning sacrifice bunt attempt by Shane Victorino. Bill Greene/globe staff A foul ball by Pedroia in the third inning was just feet away from being a home run. John Tlumacki/Globe staff Pedroia (right), David Ortiz (left), and the crowd watched Pedroia's hit go foul. Bill Greene/globe staff Red Sox manager John Farrell argued over Pedroia's foul. Bill greene/globe staff Prince Fielder was caught in a rundown in the sixth inning. Bill Greene/globe staff Jarrod Saltalamacchia tagged Fielder out. Bill Greene/globe staff Buchholz was pulled from the game in the sixth inning. John Tlumacki/Globe staff Xander Bogaerts watched his fifth-inning double go off the wall. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Jacoby Ellsbury's single scored Bogaerts (right) in the fifth inning for the first run of the game. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Reliever Franklin Morales was pulled in the top of the sixth inning after giving up a two-run single to Victor Martinez (left). John Tlumacki/Globe staff Saltalamacchia was unable to score any runs in the bottom of the sixth. Stan Grossfeld/globe staff The Tigers' Austin Jackson was picked off in the seventh. John Tlumacki/Globe staff Jonny Gomes slid to second base on a seventh-inning double. Barry Chin/Globe Staff Koji Uehara and Saltalamacchia celebrated closing out the win and advancing to the World Series. Jessica Rinaldi For The Boston Globe Fans outside of Fenway Park reacted to the Red Sox victory. Jim Davis/Globe Staff Gomes bit the American League Championship trophy. Stan Grossfeld/globe staff Ortiz waved an AL champions flag after the game.