Xander Bogaerts started the rally with a two-out double against Max Scherzer. Bogaerts crushed a two-strike offering from Scherzer to left-center field, putting a runner on second with two outs. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was impressed by the at-bat:
Man, is Xander Bogaerts impressive. Stares at Max Scherzer wipeout slider like it's nothing and then hits a shot that's a HR in 29 parks.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 20, 2013
Ellsbury followed with the single to right field, and Bogaerts beat out the throw from Torii Hunter to score the first run of the game.