Walk it off: Red Sox eliminate Rays 6-5 with late sac fly

BOSTON — Again in raucous Fenway Park for postseason baseball a 12 months after a last-place end, the Boston Crimson Sox are getting the bounces, knocking giant hits in bunches or even benfiting from a bit of small ball.

Infrequently a great staff, even through their very own estimation, Alex Cora and the wild-card Crimson Sox are 4 wins from a go back to the Global Sequence anyway.

Kiké Hernández delivered Boston’s moment instantly walk-off win, scoring pinch-runner Danny Santana with a sacrifice fly within the 9th inning to ship the Crimson Sox to the AL Championship Sequence with a 6-Five win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday evening.

After profitable Sport Three in their best-of-five AL Department Sequence on Sunday with Christian Vázquez’s two-run homer within the 13th, Boston took Sport four for its first set of back-to-back walk-off postseason wins since 2004 ALCS Video games four and Five, each from David Ortiz in opposition to the Yankees.

“We at all times stated we had a excellent baseball staff that had some holes, and we nonetheless have some holes, however on the finish, for the way dangerous it appeared occasionally, we’re nonetheless right here. We’re nonetheless within the dance,” Cora stated.

Rafael Devers had a three-run house run off rookie Shane McClanahan to ignite a five-run 3rd inning that put Boston in entrance Five-Zero. Tampa Bay battled again and tied it within the 8th.

The wild-card Crimson Sox will look ahead to the winner of the opposite ALDS matchup between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox. Houston leads 2-1 going into Sport four in Chicago on Tuesday, a make-up of Monday’s rainout.

“Since day one, you guys believed on this workforce,” Cora advised his gamers ahead of atmosphere off a bubbly clubhouse party.

Boston stepped forward to 15-Three in possible clinching postseason video games since 2004 and feature gained every in their final 8. It’s their first beneath second-year leader baseball officer Chaim Bloom, who came to visit from the Rays ahead of the 2020 season and promptly oversaw the unpopular business of Mookie Betts.

With Cora rehired final offseason following a one-year suspension for his position within the Astros’ dishonest scandal, the retooled Crimson Sox are 4 video games from the Global Sequence a 12 months after completing final within the AL East.

The 2018 champs have wanted a bit of success. Vázquez’s homer Sunday got here part an inning after Tampa Bay ignored out at the go-ahead run on a peculiar ground-rule double that bounced off proper fielder Hunter Renfroe and over the outfield fence.

That every one adopted a Sport 2 rout by which Boston slugged a franchise postseason-record 5 homers in a 14-6 drubbing. The Crimson Sox hit .341 as a staff with 9 homers and a .915 OPS within the sequence.

For the Rays, it is an abrupt finish to aspirations of back-to-back journeys to the Global Sequence after profitable 100 video games all through the common season and rolling to the AL East identify.

“There’s for sure there’s unhappiness,” Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money stated. “We had prime aspirations to get deep into this factor. We ran right into a Crimson Sox staff that they simply beat us — no wrong way round it. They were given the massive hits.”

The Crimson Sox are the second one staff to clinch a postseason sequence with consecutive walk-off wins. The opposite was once the Minnesota Twins within the 1991 Global Sequence, in keeping with STATS.

Vázquez led off the 9th with a unmarried to left box and moved to moment on a sacrifice bunt through Christian Arroyo. Travis Shaw hit a bouncing floor ball to 3rd that went for an infield unmarried when Yandy Díaz bounced his tricky throw to first baseman Ji-Guy Choi. Vázquez were given to 3rd and Santana entered to run for him.

“Old skool baseball proper there,” Cora stated. “We gained the ALDS taking part in excellent elementary baseball.”

Hernández, who was once nine for 20 within the sequence, scored Santana with a fly ball to left.

“All I were given to do is convey within the run from 3rd,” Hernández stated. “And having Danny at 3rd as a substitute of Vazqy eased my thoughts a bit of bit.”

Rays postseason celebrity Randy Arozarena ripped a tying unmarried without a outs within the 8th inning off Ryan Brasier and complex to moment at the throw. Garrett Whitlock relieved and were given throughout the 8th with out additional injury, then pitched a scoreless 9th for the victory.

“As soon as AC stated you’ve were given to stay going, that’s all I used to be concerned about,” Whitlock stated.

Crimson Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed two runs and 3 hits with six strikeouts over 5 innings, plus one batter. It was once redemption after he lasted simply 1 2/Three innings and gave up two runs in Boston’s Five-1 loss in Sport 1.

Devers completed with 3 hits. Wander Franco had a two-run homer for Tampa.

The Crimson Sox led Five-Zero after 3 however Tampa pulled inside of Five-Three on Austin Meadows’ RBI unmarried within the 5th and Franco’s two-run homer within the 6th off Tanner Houck.

After being cast at the mound all the way through 2021 and in a Sport 1 win, Tampa’s pitching struggled over the past 3 video games, with the Crimson Sox outscoring the Rays 26-15.

Proper-hander Collin McHugh was once the opener Monday and pitched two scoreless innings, permitting one hit ahead of handing the ball off to Sport 1 starter Shane McClanahan.

The rookie was once pitching on 3 days’ relaxation and coming off a robust efficiency by which he earned the win after pitching 5 scoreless innings.

Boston had his quantity this time.

McClanahan briefly gave up a unmarried Vázquez and walked Kyle Schwarber. He gave the impression on his method to getting out of bother after he were given Hernández to fly out for the second one out of the inning.

However Devers jumped in all places a first-pitch fastball and introduced a line force into the primary row of the middle box bleachers.

Xander Bogaerts singled. That was once adopted through Verdugo’s double off the Inexperienced Monster that scored Bogaerts. J.D. Martinez stored it going with a unmarried off the Monster that introduced Verdugo.

McClanahan’s line for the evening: 5 hits, 5 runs, a stroll and residential run.

“Down Five-Zero not anything within the 3rd inning, that was once beautiful devastating,” Money stated. “We claw again in it and we got here up brief this night.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Crimson Sox: Supervisor Alex Cora stated reliever Hansel Robles, who gave up a solo house run to Franco and game-tying double in Sport Three, remained beneath the elements forward of Monday’s recreation.

UP NEXT

Boston will hit the street for the ALCS opener Friday evening.

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