The thought ran through Torii Hunter’s mind the same way it did everyone else’s.
The bases were loaded, the once-comfortable 5-1 lead the Tigers had been sitting on felt like a bed of nails, and David Ortiz was coming to the plate.
The task fell on Joaquin Benoit to get Ortiz out and get the Tigers out of a jam.
Benoit fed Ortiz a first-pitch fastball, Ortiz sent it howling toward the bullpen.
Hunter made a leap for the ball, cartwheeling over the wall and into the Red Sox bullpen without making the catch.
Ortiz’s grand slam propelled the Red Sox to a 6-5 win that seemed to give them new life after struggling to solve the Tigers pitching staff. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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