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Jose Lobaton delivers walkoff homer against Red Sox to keep Rays’ season alive

Oct 7, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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The Rays will live to see another day.

After Fernando Rodney blew a save in the top of the ninth inning, Jose Lobaton delivered a walkoff solo homer off Koji Uehara in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rays a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS. Joe Maddon’s squad continues to make a habit of winning with their backs up against the wall.

The Red Sox jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against Alex Cobb tonight, but the Rays evened things up when Evan Longoria launched a game-tying three-run blast off Clay Buchholz in the bottom of the fifth inning. They rallied for the go-ahead run on an RBI ground out from Delmon Young in the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Red Sox were able to tie it against Rodney in the ninth. Uehara, who has been virtually untouchable for months, began the bottom of the ninth with two quick outs, but Lobaton ended it with a long homer which landed in the fish tank in distant center field. Interestingly, Lobaton was batting in the pitcher’s spot after Maddon gave up the DH when Wil Myers left due to injury. The decision was questioned at the time, but Maddon comes out smelling like roses. By the way, Lobaton’s walkoff blast was the first homer allowed by Uehara since June 30.

With the Red Sox now holding a 2-1 advantage in the ALDS, the series will resume tomorrow night at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay will send Jeremy Hellickson to the hill while Boston will go with Jake Peavy.

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  1. bigdaddy44 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    John Farrell should be glad the manager of the year votes are already cast. He is definitely
    looking like a rookie playoff manager with his dumb moves tonight. The first and most obvious one had Buchholz challenging Longoria, instead of pitching him carefully, especially with first base
    open. Longoria hits a home run to tie the game 3-3. Next after Ortiz walks in the eighth, he decides to play for one run, pinchrunning Berry for Ortiz. That’s fine, but then after Napoli makes the first out, he decides to pinch hit Gomes for Nava. If you are playing for the one run, why take out the contact hitter, Nava, for the power guy Gomes? Nava is not as good from the right side of the plate as he is from the left, but he has a better chance of getting a base hit than Gomes, if allowed to bat. But this whole miscue played right into Maddon’s hands. Maddon then walks Gomes. We may never know if he would have walked Nava, but I believe he would not have. You usually walk the power hitter, not the contact hitter. This allows McGee to pitch to Salty from the right side, then Stephen Drew batting left. If you look at the numbers, these two have about as much chance to get a hit off McGee as I do!!! McGee was theoretically out of the inning before he even threw the first pitch to Salty, thanks to Farrell. When Ortiz’ spot in the order comes up in a possible game winning situation in the ninth, Mike Carp has to hit, and takes called strike 2 and 3. That exchange would not have been so bad, except for the fact that the move to run for Ortiz was COMPLETELY wasted by Farrell in the first place. For this one night, Farrell made the thought of Bobby Valentine or Grady Little sound good!

    • sabatimus - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Very good points. Except I wouldn’t accept Bobby back into the Sox organization if HE paid THEM.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Ferrell’s not winning MOY anyway. Tito or Ned Yost will.

  2. sabatimus - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    This was a pretty odd game for the Sox. Drew and Pedroia running into each other, Napoli charging a bunt that left first base uncovered, and at least two blown calls in their favor on the basepaths. I really didn’t see them winning after all the infield bungling.

  3. wilkisoft - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    The thought of Bobby Valentine is NEVER good. Ever.

    • bigdaddy44 - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      I actually agree with you, I made the Valentine comment when I was very pissed off, and out of total frusration. Maybe that is why I should have a two hour block on my computer after games!

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    The Rays have won 4 elimination games in a row. They are Devils.

  5. titansbro - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Thanks Canadian for pointing that out twice.

  6. sabatimus - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Uh oh. Looks like SOMEbody’s got a case of the down-thumbsies! Can’t we all just get alonggggg?

    • sabatimus - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Hahaha excellent! Thanks for delivering the goods!

  7. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Oh goody. Now we get to see another game played in the most beautiful ballpark in America.

    • sabatimus - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Me, I’d rather see every game played in a stadium that requires its own special set of rules due to catwalks, handholds, and other obstructions. I also love the fantastic color they chose for the roof.

      • Jeff M. - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        Wow, good sarcasm, guys!

  8. raysfan1 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Very happy both with the outcome and the fact it didn’t go to extras. The line up changes due to Maddon’s substitutions would’ve looked really bad if Lobaton hadn’t hit the walk off HR. Plus, I just got back to the house, and wouldn’t have wanted to be up later!

  9. raysfan1 - Oct 8, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Was rocking the inaugural season Devil Rays shirt. Always liked that uni, plus proud it still fits.

  10. theskinsman - Oct 8, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    No big deal, but it was a weird feeling game all along. I love the Sox chances of winning the next one.

  11. peed1 - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Fenway is a dump.

  12. nbjays - Oct 8, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Glad to see the Rays finally win this one. If Lobaton hadn’t walked it off, extras would have gotten ugly, what with TB shifting themselves out of a DH spot.

    As I watched old Crooked Hat Rodney blow the save in that train wreck of a ninth inning, the only thing I could think of was “‘Burgie must be drinking heavily right now. I know I would be.”

    • indaburg - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Lol

      No comment

  13. ejannetta - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    True! Tropicana field is outdated and the Rays need a new ballpark…BUT! Fenway park is a DUMP.
    Boston has one of the biggest payrolls in baseball and a much larger fan base than the Rays and yet they keep playing in that joke of a little league park.

  14. respectfortampabay - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    @ nothanksimdriving123 –

    You Sawks fans have your ballpark advantages, we have ours. Tough sh*t if you can’t figure out the ground rules, that’s no more our problem than putting up with your a-hole fans (or maybe unsportsman-like players in the bullpen) at Fenway who call out “I got it” to screw with a great rookie player is yours, so we don’t care what you think about our stadium. We feel lucky to even have a team after 3 prior teams screwing us out of re-location, crappy original ownership once we finally get one, and MLB constantly giving us sh*t over attendance in an area where half the population is snowbirds who won’t give up their pathetic loyalties despite living here. You’ve probably never been to the Trop – it’s really a fun place and you can’t beat a dome in our climate, so STFU. And by the way, it was great watching that little rat Pedroia crashing into Drew and your pitcher leaving first uncovered while Napoli charged the bunt … it reminded me of your last year. Even if you win tonight, you still get to remember how the tiny budget team can still kick your big-money a$$ when they play up to potential.

  15. kinggator - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Do you like apples? DO YOU LIKE APPLES?? We got the win, HOW DO YOU LIKE THOSE APPLES? Go Rays!!

    • moogro - Oct 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Did you get burgie’s phone number?

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