Giving up the hit that cost his team a no-hitter was as Joaquin Benoit and the rest of the Detroit Tigers were quick to point out not such a big deal.

The one hit Benoit allowed Sunday was far more dramatic. The eighth-inning grand slam he allowed to David Ortiz cost his team a victory changed the face of the American League Championship Series and likely saved the Boston Red Sox's season.

The winning run in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 victory – which ties the series 1-1 -- was almost anti-climatic given the desperate straits the Red Sox were in.

Jonny Gomes scored the decisive run when everything else that could possibly go wrong for the Tigers did.

Gomes's bouncer between shortstop and third base was an infield hit but he also advance to second for shortstop Jose Iglesias – traded from Boston to Detroit earlier this season – threw wide of first.

With Jarrod Saltalamacchia batting first baseman Prince Fielder wasn't able to catch his pop foul against the front of the stands behind first base.

With Saltalamacchia still batting Rick Porcell threw a wild pitch that advanced Gomes to third and Saltalamacchia followed with a single to left.

Held to one hit for the first 14 innings of the series the Red Sox erupted once they got another dominant Tigers starter – this time Max Scherzer – out of the game.

Benoit was the third Detroit reliever used in the eighth inning. Entering after Boston loaded the bases on a double by Will Middlebrooks a walk to Jacoby Ellsbury and a single by Dustin Pedroia he needed all of one pitch to learn what so many Red Sox opponents have learned before about Ortiz especially in the postseason.

Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter somersaulted over the wall and into the Red Sox bullpen in a vain attempt to maintain the Tigers lead and what appeared to be a vice-grip on the series.

Now instead of heading to Detroit for a Game 3 date Tuesday with Justin Verlander and his 28-inning scoreless streak it's all even.

Scherzer a 21-game winner during the season and the Cy Young Award favorite was the story for as long as he was in the game. He finally allowed a hit when Victorino singled with two outs in the sixth. Pedroia followed with a double to make it one more hit and one more run than Boston managed in Game 1 when starter Anibal Sanchez held them hitless through six and the Red Sox didn't get their lone hit until the ninth.

Scherzer who also took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of ALCS Game 4 he won last year struck out 13 walked two and hit a batter in his seven innings.

The Red Sox are at a loss to deal with Scherzer despite beating him 2-1 in a September 3 game at Fenway.

"Going back to the start that he made here we're going to have to adjust based on how he commands the baseball particularly early in the count" Red Sox manager John Farrell said before Sunday's game. "We had a tendency to swing early in the counts last time we faced him."