Jose Lobaton hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth against nearly untouchable Red Sox closer Koji Uehara as the Rays squeezed out a Game Three victory to keep their season alive.
This one was close throughout: the Red Sox built a 3-0 lead via a throwing error, a wild pitch, and a David Ortiz single but never truly had the game put away. In the fifth, Evan Longoia launched a three-run home run to tie the game at three.
With the Sox down by one in the top of the ninth, Tampa manager Joe Maddon summoned Fernando Rodney to close this one down, but a Will Middlebrooks walk, a disputed Quintin Berry steal, a Jacoby Ellsbury single, and a Dustin Pedroia groundout evened the game once more.
That brought Uehara into the ninth in a tie game, and after retiring Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria to start the inning, Jose Lobaton became the unlikely hero as he launched a solo shot to right field that gave Tampa a season-saving win.