St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Red Sox put the final nail
in the stubborn Tampa Bay Rays' coffin Tuesday.
Facing their fifth must-win game in a span of 10 days, the Rays led Game 4 of
the American League Division Series heading into the seventh inning before the
Red Sox rallied and held on for a tense 3-1 victory at Tropicana Field.
Xander Bogaerts scored on a wild pitch by Joel Peralta and Shane Victorino
beat out an infield single to knock in Jacoby Ellsbury with the go-ahead run
in a two-run seventh inning.
Craig Breslow (1-0) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings behind starter Jake Peavy,
and Koji Uehara recorded a four-out save to send Boston to its fifth ALCS in
the past 11 seasons and first since 2008.
The AL East champs will next face the winner of the Tigers-Athletics series,
which will be decided on Thursday in Oakland.
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