Jose Lobaton belted a two-out, walkoff solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Rays’ comeback in a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox. The blast allowed Tampa Bay to pull within two games to one in the American League Division Series and force a Game 4 on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
The Red Sox scored runs on an error, a wild pitch and an RBI single by David Ortiz to go ahead 3-0 by the fifth inning. But the lead vanished on one swing as Evan Longoria launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth.
Pinch-hitter Delmon Young poked an RBI grounder in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rays a brief 4-3 lead. Dustin Pedroia extended the game with his own RBI grounder in the ninth before Lobaton went deep off Koji Uehara.
James Loney went 3-for-3 for the Rays, who limited the Red Sox to seven hits after surrendering 19 runs in the first two games of the series.
Jeremy Hellickson will start for Tampa Bay on Tuesday against Jake Peavy.