A mistake opened the door for the Boston Red Sox, who scored in the ninth inning to eliminate the Tampa Bay Rays in four games on Monday.
Christian Vazquez started the round with a single. He ended up in third base with just one out when Yandy Diaz’s throw to first base was imprecise so that an out was not recorded. Hernandez lifted the ball in left field far enough to push Danny Santana home and start the festivities in Boston.
Celebrations are welcome after screwing up an early game lead for the Red Sox.
As the Rays are used to, they have not deviated from their plan for their pitchers. Even though he had dominated with just 18 shots in two innings, Collin McHugh was pulled out of the game after two innings.
The Red Sox took advantage of the arrival of Shane McClanahan in the third inning to open the valves. Rafael Devers sent a shot over the fence for a three-run homerun. Alex Verdugo produced a fourth run in this set with a double that sent Xander Bogaerts home moments later.
3-point circuit for the Sox!
JD Martinez followed with two strikeouts in the set with an arrow that took the score to 5-0 Sox. It was the end for McClanahan, but the damage was done with five points allowed.
The Rays trailed 5-1 in the sixth inning and after Eduardo Rodriguez left, Wander Franco hit a two-run homer that approached his team within two runs of the Red Sox. Rodriguez still sees two earned runs in his record in five innings of work.
The Rays tied the game in the eighth inning with three straight hits over Ryan Brasier. Kevin Kiermaier and Randy Arozarena recorded the RBIs and Brasier was kicked out of the game after the Rays’ third slap that tied 5-5.
The Sox, however, sent the team that had recorded 100 regular season wins on vacation in the ninth inning.