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November 4, 2013

Boston Strong: Sox' first April 20 comeback tops list of best games

You want excitement? Then you should have been inside rocking Fenway Park — arguably the loudest it has ever been — when the Boston Red Sox clinched the World Series title Wednesday.

Another loud (and extremely shocking) moment at the Fens during the playoffs was when David Ortiz smashed his eighth-inning grand slam that tied Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers when Boston was on the verge of trailing 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Want one more postseason memory? How about when Shane Victorino stroked his seventh-inning grand slam over the Green Monster in Game 6 of the ALCS?

But that drama certainly wasn’t anything new. Red Sox fans received equal excitement during the 162-game regular season.

Here are my picks for the top six games from the improbable regular season:

6. “Lackey! Lackey! Lackey!”

Sept. 19

Summary: John Lackey hurled a complete-game two-hitter to clinch the Red Sox a playoff berth Sept. 19 with a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

After a three-year playoff drought, the Red Sox secured a spot with 9.0 strong innings from Lackey and Stephen Drew, who tripled, homered and drove in two runs.

“Lackey! Lackey! Lackey!” the Fenway Faithful chanted as Lackey mowed down the Orioles 1-2-3 in the ninth inning.

Little did anyone know back then, that the Lackey magic and chant would happen again in clinching Game 6 of the 2013 World Series over the Cardinals.

5. Lester’s Near No-No

May 10

Summary: Jon Lester flirted with a no-hitter May 10, hurling a complete game one-hit shutout in Boston’s 5-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The lefty walked nobody and struck out five batters.

The lone Toronto hit was a two-out double by Maicer Izturis in the top of the sixth inning.

Lester then retired the final 10 batters in order.

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