Kiké Hernandez delivered Boston’s second straight walk-off win, scoring pinch-runner Danny Santana with a sacrifice fly within the ninth inning to ship the Red Sox to the AL Championship Sequence with a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday evening.
After successful Recreation 3 of their best-of-five AL Division Sequence on Sunday with Christian Vázquez’s two-run homer within the thirteenth, Boston took Recreation 4 for its first set of consecutive walk-off postseason wins since 2004 ALCS Video games 4 and 5, each courtesy of David Ortiz in opposition to the Yankees.
Rafael Devers had a three-run dwelling run off rookie Shane McClanahan to ignite a five-run third inning that put Boston in entrance 5-0. Tampa Bay battled again and tied it within the eighth.
The wild-card Pink Sox will await the winner of the opposite ALDS matchup between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox. Houston leads 2-1 going into Recreation 4 in Chicago on Tuesday, a make-up of Monday’s rainout.
“Since day one, you guys believed on this group,” supervisor Alex Cora advised his gamers earlier than setting off a bubbly clubhouse celebration. “Not too many individuals believed exterior this frigging clubhouse, however right here we’re: ALCS! On to the following one!”
Boston improved to 15-3 in potential clinching postseason video games and have gained every of their final eight. It brings an abrupt finish to the season for the Rays, who’d been eyeing back-to-back journeys to the World Sequence after successful 100 video games through the common season and rolling to the AL East title.
“There’s little question there’s disappointment,” Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money stated. “We had excessive aspirations to get deep into this factor. We ran right into a Pink Sox crew that they simply beat us — no different approach round it. They acquired the large hits.”
Vázquez led off the ninth with a single via the outlet to left discipline and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christian Arroyo. Travis Shaw then hit a bouncing floor ball to 3rd that went for an infield single when Yandy Díaz bounced his tough throw to first baseman Ji-Man Choi. Vázquez acquired to 3rd and Santana entered to run for him.
Hernandez, who was 9 for 20 within the sequence, scored Santana with a fly ball to left.
“All I acquired to do is carry within the run from third,” Hernandez stated. “And having Danny at third as a substitute of Vazqy eased my thoughts slightly bit.”
Rays postseason star Randy Arozarena ripped a tying single with no outs within the eighth inning of Ryan Brasier and superior to second on the throw. Garrett Whitlock relieved and acquired via the eighth with out additional injury, then pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Pink Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed two runs and three hits with six strikeouts over 5 innings, plus one batter. It was redemption after he lasted simply 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs in Boston’s 5-1 loss in Recreation 1.
Devers completed with three hits. Wander Franco had a two-run homer for the Rays.
With the sport knotted at 5 within the eighth, Alex Verdugo grounded to shortstop Franco, who threw the ball into wildly within the Pink Sox dugout, permitting Verdugo to advance to second. With one out, Hunter Renfroe flied to middle and Verdugo tried to tag, however he was thrown out at third by Kevin Kiermaier.
The Pink Sox led 5-0 after three innings however Tampa pulled inside 5-3 on Austin Meadows’ RBI single within the fifth and Franco’s two-run homer within the sixth off Tanner Houck.
Boston’s Josh Taylor pitched a scoreless seventh and handed it off to Braiser.
However Braiser promptly gave up back-to-back doubles to Mike Zunino and Kiermaier that made it 5-4. That was adopted by a single by Arozarena to tie it up.
Braiser exited in favor of Whitlock. He was capable of work out of the jam, getting Franco to fly out, adopted by groundouts by Brandon Lowe and Nelson Cruz.
After being stable on the mound all through 2021 and in a Recreation 1 win, Tampa Bay’s pitching struggled during the last three video games, with the Pink Sox outscoring the Rays 26-15.
Proper-hander Collin McHugh served because the opener Monday and pitched two scoreless innings, permitting one hit earlier than handing the ball off to Recreation 1 starter Shane McClanahan.
The rookie was pitching on three days’ relaxation and coming off a robust efficiency within the sequence opener by which he picked up the victory after pitching 5 scoreless innings.
Boston had his quantity this time round.
McClanahan shortly gave up a single Vázquez and walked Kyle Schwarber. He appeared on his strategy to getting out of hassle after he acquired Hernández to fly out for the second out of the inning.
However Devers jumped throughout a first-pitch fastball and launched a line drive into the primary row of the middle discipline bleachers for a house run.
Xander Bogaerts got here up subsequent and singled. That was adopted by Verdugo’s double off the Inexperienced Monster that scored Bogaerts. J.D. Martinez stored it going with a single off the Monster that introduced Verdugo in to make it 5-0.
“Down 5-0 nothing within the third inning, that was fairly devastating,” Money stated. “We claw again in it and we got here up quick tonight”
McClanahan was pulled after that in favor of J.T. Chargois.
Following a double by Renfroe, Chargois lastly acquired the Rays acquired out of inning, placing out Vázquez.
McClanahan’s line for the evening: 5 hits, 5 runs, a stroll and residential run.
Pink Sox: Supervisor Alex Cora stated reliever Hansel Robles, who gave up a solo dwelling run to Franco and game-tying double in Recreation 3, remained underneath the climate forward of Monday’s recreation.
In keeping with STATS, Rodriguez is the second pitcher to final lower than two innings in a postseason begin, then pitching 5 or extra innings with three or fewer hits in his subsequent begin that very same postseason. The opposite was Don Larsen, who lasted 1 2/3 in Recreation 2 of the 1956 World Sequence earlier than his Recreation 5 excellent recreation.
Meadows made Rodriguez work for the primary out of the third inning. The at-bat lasted 17 pitches and included 10 straight foul balls earlier than Rodriguez struck him out with a slider.
The 17-pitch battle is the longest by pitches in a postseason plate look since a minimum of 1988, when pitch rely knowledge began being tracked.
Boston will hit the highway for the ALCS opener Friday evening.