ST. PETERSBURG — Jose Lobaton hit a walk-off homer in the ninth to give the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
The blast came with two outs off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara and forced a Game 4, which will be played Tuesday night at Tropicana Field at 8:30 ET on TBS.
The home run was Lobaton’s third walk-off hit of the season and the Rays’ 14th, and it couldn’t have come at a better time after Fernando Rodney blew a one-run lead in the top half of the inning on a night that saw the Rays come back from an early three-run deficit.
“I was looking for something soft,” Lobaton said. “He threw it to me in a good spot, and I just hit it pretty good.”
Evan Longoria’s dramatic three-run homer off Clay Buchholz in the bottom of the fifth tied the score and set the table for the comeback. Until that point it had been all Red Sox.