(St. Petersburg, Fla.) — Pinch-hitter Jose Lobaton hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays stay alive and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4, in Game 3 of their AL division series Monday.
The Red Sox now lead the best-of-five playoff series 2-1.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s something you can’t explain,” Lobaton said. “We never give up. We’re going to keep fighting.”
The Red Sox had control of the game for awhile. Boston quickly went up 1-0 in the first inning when Ben Zobrist made a throwing error trying to get Dustin Pedroia out at first. The ball sailed away and allowed Jacoby Ellsbury to score to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. Boston added two more runs in the top of the fifth, taking a 3-0 lead. But Tampa answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Evan Longoria smacked a three-run homer.
The Rays were able to take the lead in the eighth when Delmon Young’s fielder’s choice scored Sam Fuld putting Tampa up 4-3.
Boston tied the game in ninth before Lobaton won the game in the bottom of the inning.
Game 4 is set for Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The Sox send Jake Peavy to the mound to square off against Jeremy Hellickson.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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