ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The
The Rays cut Boston's lead in the best-of-five series to 2-1. Game 4 is Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, with
Tampa Bay took a win-or-go-home game for the fourth time in nine days. The Rays did it with an unlikely stroke as Lobaton, who came off the bench late in the game, connected against Red Sox closer Koji Uehara.
"It's unbelievable. It's something you can't explain," Lobaton said. "We never give up. We're going to keep fighting."
Back home after two weeks on the road, the Rays gave a sellout crowd of 33,675 little to cheer until Evan Longoria homered on his 28th birthday. Longoria's three-run shot off
Pinch-hitter Delmon Young, who has a penchant for driving home key runs in October, put the Rays ahead, 4-3, with an RBI grounder in the eighth.
The Red Sox tied it in the ninth against Rays closer
Rodney got the win when Lobaton homered to right-center, into the 10,000-gallon tank where cownose rays swim around.
Uehara did not give up a home run in his final 37 regular-season appearances.
The Rays won three must-win road games in three cities over four days just to get into the division series, so they felt good about their chances of coming back against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox were just as confident about the prospect of closing out the series.
Buchholz, limited to 16 starts this season because of a neck strain that landed him on the disabled list for three months, beat the Rays twice this year while allowing no runs and five hits in 13 innings. He also entered his second career postseason appearance with a 2.26 earned-run average in nine career starts at Tropicana Field.
Cobb settled down after a shaky first inning, in which he gave up a leadoff single to
Cobb, celebrating his 26th birthday, retired eight in a row before walking Ortiz leading off the fourth.