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Tampa Bay Beats Boston Red Sox 5-4 to Stay Alive in AL Playoffs

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Jose Lobaton hit a game-ending home run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from three runs down to defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 and stay alive in their American League division playoff series.

Lobaton, who came into the game as a late-inning replacement, blasted a ball into the pool in the right-field stands at Tropicana Field to give the host Rays their first win in the best-of-five series after a pair of lopsided losses in Boston.

The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead, with the runs scoring on a throwing error, a wild pitch and David Ortiz’s RBI single. Evan Longoria tied the game with a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Tampa Bay took a 4-3 lead in the eighth on a run-scoring groundout by pinch-hitter Delmon Young, only to have Boston tie it in the ninth on an RBI groundout by Dustin Pedroia.

Earlier today, Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha came within five outs of pitching the third postseason no-hitter in Major League Baseball history as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the host Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 to even their playoff series at two games each.

At Detroit, Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Seth Smith hit home runs as the Oakland Athletics won 6-3 against the Tigers to take a two-games-to-one lead in their AL division playoff series.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers lead 2-0 in the third inning on a pair of solo home runs by Carl Crawford as they try to finish off their NL series at home against the Atlanta Braves. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw started on three days rest for the first time in his career.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rob Gloster at rgloster@bloomberg.net

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