10 Most Epic Comebacks In MLB Playoff History

Baseball fans have been treated to some incredible and legendary postseason comebacks over the years. Moments like this are what make October baseball so special.

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These 10 teams will be happy to remind you and your team that just when all hope looks lost in the MLB postseason, a miracle can happen when you least expect it. Here are the 10 greatest playoff comebacks in MLB history.

10 Boston Red Sox: Game 5 of 2008 ALCS

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Looking to repeat as AL champion, the Boston Red Sox were at their mercy against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 ALCS. Boston was trailing the series 3-1, and they trailed 7-0 in Game 5 heading into the seventh inning.

Per Baseball Reference, the Red Sox had a 0.71 percent chance of winning at that point. They cut the deficit down to four in the seventh. J.D. Drew hit a two-run homer, and Coco Crisp's RBI single tied things up in the eighth.

Drew played hero again in the bottom of the ninth, singling home Kevin Youkilis to help Boston pull off the unlikely comeback. But the Rays wound up winning Game 7 by a final score of 3-1, thus ending Boston's hope of a repeat.

9 St. Louis Cardinals: Game 5 of 2012 NLDS

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Led by rookie superstar Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals led the NL with 98 wins in 2012, booking their first playoff appearance since relocating from Montreal seven years earlier.

The Nationals drew the defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 NLDS, which headed for a decisive Game 5. Washington led 6-0 after three innings, but the Cardinals cut it to 6-3 in the fifth. Washington took a 7-5 lead to the top of the ninth. Drew Storen retired two of the first three batters. Then, disaster struck.

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Yadier Molina and David Freese walked. Daniel Descalso hit a two-run single to tie things up. Pete Kozma then stepped up and delivered a two-run single into right field to break the doors open. The Cardinals then shut down the Nats in the bottom of the ninth to escape with the unlikely 9-5 comeback win and playoff series victory.

8 Kansas City Royals: 2014 AL Wild Card Game

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The Oakland Athletics met the Cinderella story Kansas City Royals in the 2014 AL Wild Card Game. The A's scored five runs in the top of the sixth to build a 7-3 lead, and the Royals were on the ropes.

But Kansas City rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the lead down to one. Nori Aoki's sacrifice fly scored Jarrod Dyson in the bottom of the ninth to tie things up, and extras were required.

An Albert Callaspo single scored Josh Reddick to put Oakland back in front at the top half of the 12th inning. But Christian Colon responded with an RBI single in the bottom of the 12th, and Salvador Perez singles to left field to score Colon - thus sending K.C. to the ALDS.

The Royals would sweep the Angels and Orioles en route to their first World Series appearance in 29 years, where they eventually fell to the San Francisco Giants.

7 Chicago Cubs: 2016 World Series

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The Chicago Cubs clinched the NL pennant to reach their first World Series since 71 years, but the party was put on ice in short time. The Cleveland Indians won three of the first four games, and the Cubs were one loss away from continuing their 108-year-long World Series drought.

Chicago won Game 5 by a final score of 3-2 to extend the series, but they still needed two wins in Cleveland. They scored six runs off of Josh Tomlin in just 2.1 innings of work, en route to a 9-3 victory. Game 7 was required.

The Cubs slowly saw a lead of 5-1 (later 6-3) evaporate over time, and extras were required. In the top of the 10th, Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero recorded RBI singles to put the Cubs up 8-6. They yielded one run in the bottom of the inning but held on to finally win their first World Series in 108 years.

6 Seattle Mariners: 1995 ALDS

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The Seattle Mariners dropped their first two games to the New York Yankees in the 1995 ALDS. Ken Griffey Jr. and Co. headed home to the Kingdome in need of three straight victories in order to keep the dream season going.

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Seattle won Games 3 and 4 soundly to force a decisive Game 5. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the M's scored twice to force extra innings. New York scored once in the top of the 11th to regain the lead, but Edgar Martinez hit "The Double," which scored Joey Cora and Griffey Jr. - sending the Mariners to the ALCS.

5 San Francisco Giants: 2012 NLDS

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For only the 2012 season, MLB decided to return to the 2-3 format in the Division Series. The San Francisco Giants looked doomed after dropping Games 1 and 2 at home to the NL Central champion Cincinnati Reds.

But sure enough, the resilient Giants managed to steal three straight wins in Cincinnati to advance to the NLCS. They erased a 3-1 deficit against the defending champions to reach the World Series. There, the Giants swept the red hot Detroit Tigers to win their second Fall Classic in three years. They'd clinch dynasty status after winning a third two years later.

4 Kansas City Royals: 1985 World Series

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Often referred to as the "I-7 Showdown Series," the 1985 Fall Classic featured two Missouri-based teams in the Cardinals and Royals.

St. Louis jumped out to series leads of 2-0 and 3-1, and the Royals were at their mercy. Danny Jackson's complete game gem paced the Royals to a 6-1 win in Game 5, thus keeping their title hopes alive.

The Cardinals led 1-0 entering the bottom of the ninth in Game 6, needing just three outs to clinch the World Series. Thanks in large part to a well-documented blown call by first base umpire Don Denkinger, the Royals rallied to score two runs off of Dane Iorg's single to win Game 6.

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Kansas City blew out St. Louis 11-0 in Game 7 to clinch their first World Series in franchise history.

3 Philadelphia Athletics: Game 4 1929 World Series

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The Philadelphia Athletics met the Chicago Cubs in the 1929 World Series, but this Fall Classic may be best remembered for the historic comeback that took place in Game 4.

Chicago took an 8-0 lead into the eighth inning, and according to Baseball Reference, the Athletics only had a 0.51 percent chance of winning this game at that point. Of course, Philadelphia managed to defy all ods in the bottom of the seventh.

The rally started with Al Simmons' solo home run. The next four Athletics reached base. Mule Haas then hit an inside-the-park home run that scored four. Jimmie Foxx's RBI single tied things up. Finally, a Jimmy Dykes double plated two more.

Philly scored 10 (!) runs in the bottom of the seventh, and they held on for a 10-8 victory. They would close out the World Series in Game 5 by a final score of 3-2.

2 Florida Marlins: 2003 NLCS

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The Florida Marlins trailed the Chicago Cubs 3-1 in the 2003 NLCS, but they won 4-0 in Game 5, sending the series back to Wrigley Field for Game 6.

Florida trailed 3-0 in the top of the eighth, and they were down to their last five outs. Cubs outfielder Moises Alou wasn't able to catch a foul ball (which would have been the second out), following interference from the now-famous Steve Bartman.

The Marlins broke it open in the inning, taking advantage of several Cubs miscues. They sent the entire lineup to the plate in the inning - scoring eight runs en route to an 8-3 victory.

Florida trailed 5-3 in game 7 heading into the top of the fifth. They rallied to score six unanswered runs to clinch their second NL pennant. The Marlins would upset the New York Yankees in six games to win their second World Series.

1 Boston Red Sox: 2004 ALCS

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Who else was going to take the top spot?

The Boston Red Sox became the only team in MLB history to erase a 3-0 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS, shocking the historic rival New York Yankees. The Red Sox got legendary Mariano Rivera to blow leads in Games 4 and 5.

They won 4-2 in Game 6 and 10-3 in Game 7 to pull off the historic upset. To put a cherry on top of it all, Boston swept St. Louis in the Fall Classic to win their first World Series in 86 years. It was a long time coming.

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