(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Just one night after giving up the game-winning home run, Koji Uehara recorded a four-out save, as the Boston Red Sox advance to the ALCS by trumping the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Tuesday.
“Sweet as it gets,” Red Sox Game 4 starting pitcher Jake Peavy said. “This is something that you play for and want to experience, you don’t ever know if you will. This is twelve years for me and I’ve never been to a league championship series. To have this opportunity with this group of guys, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The Rays actually got on the board first when outfielder David DeJesus singled home Yunel Escobar in the sixth inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The Red Sox answered right back in the seventh when Xander Bogaerts scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. Shane Victorino followed that with an RBI infield single to give the Sox the lead for good.
“I did not know it was going to be a hit,” Victorino said of his go-ahead hit. “But when I felt my bat crack and I saw it wasn’t as hard hit as I thought it was going to be, I said ‘hey I better get going.’ Escobar tried to make the play, but I was able to beat it out.”
The Red Sox advance to their first ALCS since 2008. They will play the winner of the Detroit/Oakland series.
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