October 17-20, 2004
After the classic series the previous year, expectations were high for a repeat performance when the Red Sox and Yankees met again in the ALCS.
New York won the first three games—Game Three being a 19-8 rout at Fenway Park—and led 4-3 in the ninth inning of Game Four with Mariano on the mound.
Kevin Millar drew a leadoff walk and was pinch run for by Dave Roberts. Rivera checked on Roberts three times before delivering a pitch to Bill Mueller. When he did, Roberts stole second. Mueller singled him home to tie the game and the Sox won it in the 12th on a David Ortiz walk-off home run.
Game Five followed a similar path, with Rivera blowing a save in the ninth and Ortiz coming through with a game-winning hit, this time in the 14th.
The injured Curt Schilling pitched seven innings in Game Six, allowing only one run, and the series was knotted.
In Game Seven, the Red Sox offense exploded. Damon belted a two-run homer and a Grand Slam to lead Boston to a 10-3 win and a place in the World Series.