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AL Division Series: Rays-Red Sox Game 3 updates

Christian Vazquez hits a walkoff home run in the 13th inning to give Boston a 2-1 series lead.
The Red Sox's Christian Vazquez reacts after hitting a walkoff home run in the 13th inning Sunday at Fenway Park, giving Boston a 6-4 win in Game 3.
The Red Sox's Christian Vazquez reacts after hitting a walkoff home run in the 13th inning Sunday at Fenway Park, giving Boston a 6-4 win in Game 3. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]
Published Oct. 10
Updated Oct. 11

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Christian Vazquez hit a walkoff two-run home run in the 13th inning and the Red Sox outlasted the Rays 6-4 in Game 3 of the American League Division Series Sunday at Fenway Park.

Boston took a two-games-to-one lead and will have a chance to clinch the best-of-five series Monday at Fenway.

The Rays thought they had gone ahead in the top of the 13th when Yandy Diaz singled and scored on Kevin Kiermaier’s double off the rightfield wall. But the ball deflected off outfielder Hunter Renfroe up over the wall, resulting in a ground-rule double. By rule, both players were awarded two bases, and Diaz was sent back to third.

The game might have been over sooner had it not been for the late-game heroics of Wander Franco and Randy Arozarena. Tampa Bay trailed 4-2 in the eighth when Franco homered and Arozarena added an RBI double to tie the game.

Enrique Hernandez and Kyle Schwarber homered earlier in the game to help Boston to the two-run lead.

Boston chased Tampa Bay starter Drew Rasmussen in the third, when it strung together four straight singles, with Hernandez and Rafael Devers driving in runs, to go ahead 3-2. Rasmussen allowed three runs on six hits, including a home run, striking out one.

Red Sox starter and ex-Ray Nathan Eovaldi struck out eight while holding Tampa Bay to two runs on three hits and one walk over five innings.

Here’s how it happened:

Thirteenth inning

The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier strikes out during the eleventh inning.
The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier strikes out during the eleventh inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nick Pivetta pitching)

Nelson Cruz strikes out on a foul tip

Yandy Diaz singles to rightfield

Randy Arozarena lines out to leftfielder Alex Verdugo near the warning track

Kevin Kiermaier hits a ground-rule double off the wall. Diaz advances to third. Big break for the Red Sox.

Mike Zunino strikes out swinging

Red Sox at bat (Luis Patino pitching)

J.D. Martinez flies out to centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier

Hunter Renfroe walks

Christian Vazquez hits a game-ending home run to left centerfield

(Red Sox win 6-4)

Twelfth inning

The Rays' Randy Arozarena dives back to second base safely after getting caught in a rundown during the 11th inning.
The Rays' Randy Arozarena dives back to second base safely after getting caught in a rundown during the 11th inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nick Pivetta pitching)

Brandon Lowe strikes out swinging

Wander Franco flies out to centerfielder Enrique Hernandez

Manuel Margot strikes out swinging

Red Sox at bat (Luis Patino pitching)

Rafael Devers grounds out to pitcher Luis Patino

Xander Bogaerts pops out to catcher Mike Zunino

Alex Verdugo flies out to centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier

(Rays and Red Sox tied 4-4 after 12 innings)

Eleventh inning

Boston Red Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo (39) tags out the Rays' Manuel Margot after Margot came off the bag while attempting to steal second base during the 10th inning.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Christian Arroyo (39) tags out the Rays' Manuel Margot after Margot came off the bag while attempting to steal second base during the 10th inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nick Pivetta pitching)

Randy Arozarena draws a walk

Kevin Kiermaier strikes out swinging after an 11-pitch at-bat. Arozarena steals second on the play. He starts for third when the throw gets away but then realizes Christian Arroyo was backing up the play and scrambles safely back to second.

Mike Zunino strikes out swinging

Jordan Luplow called out on strikes

Red Sox at bat (David Robertson pitching)

Christian Vazquez lines out to centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier

Christian Arroyo doubles to leftfield

Bobby Dalbec strikes out swinging

Enrique Hernandez grounds out to shortstop Wander Franco, who makes a backhanded stop and a long throw to Jordan Luplow, who picks it out of the dirt.

(Rays and Red Sox are tied 4-4 after 11 innings)

Tenth inning

Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) makes a catch on a ball hit by Boston Red Sox Alex Verdugo during the eighth inning.
Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) makes a catch on a ball hit by Boston Red Sox Alex Verdugo during the eighth inning. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nick Pivetta pitching)

Manuel Margot singles to leftfield

Nelson Cruz flies out to Enrique Hernandez in shallow centerfield

Yandy Diaz flies out to leftfielder Alex Verdugo

Manuel Margot caught stealing, and the call is upheld after a replay review

Red Sox at bat (David Robertson pitching)

Xander Bogaerts grounds out to shortstop Wander Franco

Alex Verdugo singles to leftfield

J.D. Martinez flies out to Kevin Kiermaier in deep centerfield

Hunter Renfroe pops out to first baseman Jordan Luplow

(Rays and Red Sox are tied 4-4 after 10 innings)

Ninth inning

The Rays' Randy Arozarena follows through on a game-tying RBI double during the eighth inning.
The Rays' Randy Arozarena follows through on a game-tying RBI double during the eighth inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Garrett Whitlock pitching)

Jordan Luplow strikes out swinging

Brandon Lowe strikes out swinging

Wander Franco grounds out to first baseman Kyle Schwarber

Red Sox at bat (JT Chargois pitching)

Christian Arroyo grounds out to third baseman Yandy Diaz

Kyle Schwarber singles to centerfield

(Bobby Dalbec pinch-runs for Schwarber)

Enrique Hernandez strikes out swinging

Rafael Devers grounds out to second baseman Brandon Lowe

(Rays and Red Sox tied 4-4 after nine innings)

Eighth inning

Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz left, tags out the Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez (7) on a sacrifice bunt during the sixth inning.
Rays first baseman Yandy Diaz left, tags out the Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez (7) on a sacrifice bunt during the sixth inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Hansel Robles pitching)

Wander Franco homers to left centerfield. Red Sox 4, Rays 3.

Austin Meadows doubles off the centerfield wall

Nelson Cruz grounds out to catcher Christian Vazquez, moving Meadows to third.

(Manuel Margot pinch-runs for Austin Meadows)

Yandy Diaz strikes out on a foul tip on a 98 mph fastball

Randy Arozarena doubles to leftfeld, scoring Margot with the tying run.

(Garrett Whitlock relieves Hansel Robles)

Kevin Kiermaier is intentionally walked

Mike Zunino called out on strikes

Red Sox at bat (Matt Wisler pitching)

Alex Verdugo lines out to centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who makes a diving catch

(JT Chargois relieves Matt Wisler)

J.D. Martinez grounds out to Mike Zunino

Hunter Renfroe draws a walk

Christian Vazquez pops out to second baseman Brandon Lowe

(Rays and Red Sox are tied 4-4 after eight innings)

Seventh inning

The Rays' Ji-Man Choi runs up the first base line during a fourth-inning groundout.
The Rays' Ji-Man Choi runs up the first base line during a fourth-inning groundout. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Ryan Brasier pitching)

Kevin Kiermaier strikes out swinging on an 88 mph slider

Mike Zunino grounds out to shortstop Xander Bogaerts

(Austin Davis relieves Ryan Brasier)

(Jordan Luplow pinch-hits for Joey Wendle)

Jordan Luplow draws a four-pitch walk

Brandon Lowe lines out to centerfielder Enrique Hernandez

Red Sox at bat (Matt Wisler pitching)

Enrique Hernandez lines out to third baseman Yandy Diaz

Rafael Devers flies out to centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier

Xander Bogaerts lines out to leftfielder Austin Meadows, who makes an ice cream cone catch

(Red Sox lead 4-2 after seven innings)

Sixth inning

The Boston Red Sox's Kyle Schwarber (18) celebrates with Enrique Hernandez after hitting a solo home run in the first inning.
The Boston Red Sox's Kyle Schwarber (18) celebrates with Enrique Hernandez after hitting a solo home run in the first inning. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

Rays at bat (Josh Taylor pitching)

Austin Meadows grounds out to Xander Bogaerts

Nelson Cruz singles to leftfield

(Yandy Diaz pinch-hits for Ji-Man Choi)

Yandy Diaz pops out to second baseman Christian Arroyo

(Ryan Brasier relieves Josh Taylor)

Randy Arozarena grounds out to pitcher Ryan Brasier

Red Sox at bat (J.P. Feyereisen pitching)

Hunter Renfroe lines a single to rightfield

(Christian Vazquez pinch-hits for Kevin Plawecki)

Christian Vazquez lays down a sacrifice bunt to first baseman Yandy Diaz, advancing Renfroe to second

Christian Arroyo grounds out to second baseman Brandon Lowe

(Red Sox lead 4-2 after six innings)

Fifth inning

Rays manager Kevin Cash, left, walks to the mound to relieve pitcher Josh Fleming, far right, during the third inning.
Rays manager Kevin Cash, left, walks to the mound to relieve pitcher Josh Fleming, far right, during the third inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nathan Eovaldi pitching)

Mike Zunino lines out to leftfielder Alex Verdugo

Joey Wendle doubles down the leftfield line, the Rays’ first hit since the first inning

Brandon Lowe lines out to centerfielder Enrique Hernandez

Wander Franco grounds out to first baseman Kyle Schwarber

Red Sox at bat (Pete Fairbanks pitching)

Enrique Hernandez homers to left centerfield. Red Sox 4, Rays 2.

Rafael Devers strikes out swinging on a 98 mph fastball

Xander Bogaerts draws a walk

Alex Verdugo strikes out swinging on an 85 mph slider. Bogaerts advances to second on a passed ball by Mike Zunino

J.D. Martinez lines out to rightfielder Randy Arozarena

(Red Sox lead 4-2 after five innings)

Fourth inning

The Boston Red Sox's Kyle Schwarber scores on a single by Rafael Devers during the third inning.
The Boston Red Sox's Kyle Schwarber scores on a single by Rafael Devers during the third inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nathan Eovaldi pitching)

Ji-Man Choi grounds out to first baseman Kyle Schwarber

Randy Arozarena strikes out swinging on a 87 mph splitter

Kevin Kiermaier lines out to centerfielder Enrique Hernandez

Red Sox at bat (Andrew Kittredge pitching)

Hunter Renfroe bloops a single into shallow leftfield

Kevin Plawecki hits into a double play, Brandon Lowe to Wander Franco to Ji-Man Choi

Christian Arroyo reaches on a base hit up the middle

Kyle Schwarber strikes out looking on a 96 mph sinker

(Red Sox lead 3-2 after four innings)

Third inning

Rays starter Drew Rasmussen delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning.
Rays starter Drew Rasmussen delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning. [ CHARLES KRUPA | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nathan Eovaldi pitching)

Brandon Lowe reaches on an error by first baseman Kyle Schwarber

Wander Franco hits into a fielder’s choice, Christian Arroyo retiring Lowe at second base

Austin Meadows flies out to rightfielder Hunter Renfroe

Nelson Cruz strikes out on a foul tip

Red Sox at bat (Drew Rasmussen pitching)

Christian Arroyo singles into centerfield

Kyle Schwarber singles down the rightfield line, moving Arroyo to third. Boston has runners at the corners with no outs.

Enrique Hernandez singles to left centerfield, driving home Arroyo with the tying run. Rays 2, Red Sox 2.

(Josh Fleming relieves Drew Rassmussen)

Rafael Devers singles to centerfield. Schwarber scores. Hernandez moves to second. Red Sox 3, Rays 2.

Xander Bogaerts strikes out swinging on an 83 mph changeup

Alex Verdugo grounds out to first baseman Ji-Man Choi. Hernandez advances to third, Devers to second.

(Andrew Kittredge relieves Josh Fleming)

J.D. Martinez strikes out on a 96 mph sinker

(Red Sox lead 3-2 after three innings)

Second inning

The Rays' Austin Meadows (17) is congratulated by Wander Franco, center, as Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki (25) looks on after Meadows hit a two-run home run during the first inning.
The Rays' Austin Meadows (17) is congratulated by Wander Franco, center, as Boston Red Sox catcher Kevin Plawecki (25) looks on after Meadows hit a two-run home run during the first inning. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nathan Eovaldi pitching)

Randy Arozarena strikes out swinging on an 86 mph slider

Kevin Kiermaier reaches on a walk

Mike Zunino strikes out swinging on 97 mph fastball, ending an 11-pitch at-bat

Joey Wendle strikes out on an 88 mph splitter

Red Sox at bat (Drew Rasmussen pitching)

J.D. Martinez singles to leftfield, off Joey Wendle’s glove

Hunter Renfroe flies out to Austin Meadows in shallow left field

Kevin Plawecki hits into a double play, Wander Franco to Brandon Lowe to Ji-Man Choi

(Rays lead 2-1 after two innings)

First inning

Rays third baseman Joey Wendle (18) greets teammates before playing against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3.
Rays third baseman Joey Wendle (18) greets teammates before playing against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

Rays at bat (Nathan Eovaldi pitching)

Brandon Lowe strikes out swinging

Wander Franco singles to rightfield

Austin Meadows homers to right centerfield. Rays 2, Red Sox 0.

Nelson Cruz strikes out swinging

Ji-Man Choi strikes out swinging

Red Sox at bat (Drew Rasmussen pitching)

Kyle Schwarber homers to centerfield. Rays 2, Red Sox 1.

Enrique Hernandez singles to leftfield

Rafael Devers strikes out looking on a 90 mph changeup

Xander Bogaerts pops out to second baseman Brandon Lowe

Alex Verdugo grounds into a forceout, shortstop Wander Franco retiring Hernandez at second.

(Rays lead 2-1 after one inning)

Lineup cards

Pregame scouting report

Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi warms up for batting practice.
Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi warms up for batting practice. [ MICHAEL DWYER | AP ]

It was all right there for the taking. Momentum. The game. Maybe even the series.

After playing a perfect Game 1, the Rays yielded two runs in the first inning of Game 2 before escaping with an inning-ending double play. Then, with one mammoth swing of Jordan Luplow’s bat, they took it all right back.

Suddenly, a Boston team that hadn’t managed a run in the opening game faced a three-run deficit and was in danger of falling within a loss of elimination in the five-game series.

Insurmountable, right?

Not the way the Sox swing the bats.

Xander Bogaerts, Alex Verdugo and Enrique Hernandez hit solo home runs to tie the game, and J.D. Martinez gave the Red Sox an 8-5 lead with a three-run shot to straightaway centerfield in the fifth. As Tampa Bay’s bullpen imploded, Boston continued to add runs in an eventual 14-6 win.

Now we have a series, one the Red Sox have a chance to wrap up at home with victories the next two days at Fenway Park.

Of course in baseball, momentum is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher. In Boston’s case, it’s a pretty good one: ex-Ray Nathan Eovaldi, who has been Boston’s ace for much of the season. He said the keys will be staying aggressive by trying to keep Tampa Bay’s batters out of predictable counts and controlling the running game.

With the Sox starting a right-hander, left-handed hitters Austin Meadows, Ji-Man Choi and Joey Wendle will be in the Rays’ lineup for the first time in the series.

The Rays will counter with Drew Rasmussen, who has been very effective since moving from the bullpen into the rotation in mid-August. Starting Rasmussen today means Tampa Bay likely have to go with a bullpen ensemble for what could be an elimination game on Monday.

To avoid that scenario, the Rays will need a better performance from their bullpen than what they got in Game 2, when Collin McHugh, Matt Wisler and Michael Wacha allowed a combined 11 runs, including four home runs.

Complicating matters is the status of Wisler, who felt a recurrence of the right middle finger inflammation that sidelined him much of the past six weeks. The Rays decided to keep Wisler on the roster, with manager Kevin Cash saying Wisler will have to manage the issue.

Pregame scene

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