Watch the Tampa Bay Rays stave off elimination with an improbable walk-off home run
The Rays deny a Boston sweep, ending a tense 4-plus hour game with a bang
The Tampa Bay Rays aren't done yet.
Down two games to none in their best-of-five series with Boston, the Rays gave up a game-tying run in the top of the ninth inning last night. Then the Rays came to the plate in the bottom half of the inning to face Boston's unhittable closer, Koji Uehara. Uehara posted video game numbers this season (1.09 ERA, 0.565 WHIP), at one point retiring 37 straight batters.
Yet Monday night, Uehara could only retire two straight before Tampa Bay's Jose Lobaton flipped a hanging pitch out of the park and, improbably, into the Touch Tank in center field. The home run even caught TBS' announcers by surprise — assuming the Rays had no chance, they were already gaming out extra innings strategies.
Boston would have advanced to the American League Championship Series with a win. Instead, they lead the best-of-five series two games to one, with Game 4 set for Tuesday night in Tampa.