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This was an underrated series that both the Red Sox and the A's seemed hellbent to lose.
Game 1 had the Red Sox blowing a lead with two outs in the ninth and losing in 12 innings on a bunt by the A's catcher. In Game 3, Eric Byrnes, forgot to touch home plate and Miguel Tejada interfered with Bill Mueller rounding third.
If either of those runs had scored, the A's would have swept Boston.
Instead, the Red Sox won on Trot Nixon's extra-inning homer. Keith Foulke coughed up an 8th-inning lead for the A's in Game 4 sending it to a wild and underrated Game 5.
Pedro Martinez and Barry Zito dueled until a slumping Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer to give the Red Sox a 4-1 lead.
The A's cut it to 4-3 and in the ninth, and closer Scott Williamson walked the first two Oakland batters.
Ramon Hernandez put down his second bunt of the series, this one putting the tying and winning runs in scoring position. Derek Lowe came in to try and close (a role he flourished in during the 2000 season but flopped in 2001).
Shockingly, manager Ken Macha lifted veteran Jermaine Dye for a rookie Adam Melhuse, who struck out looking. Lowe walked the next batter loading the bases and faced Terrence Long. He too looked at a called third strike, ending one of the most underrated ninth innings in playoff history.