Puerto Rican outfielder Kike Hernández on Monday, October 11 in the ninth inning, with the game tied 5-5, hit a sacrifice fly and produced a walk off in the second consecutive win for the Boston Red Sox, who finished for winning 6-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays, and qualifying for the American League Championship Series in a game played at Fenway Park or the Green Monster before 38,447 fans.
Hernandez’s connection occurred with Danny Santana as a pinch runner. Boston, after securing Game 3 of the Divisional Series on Sunday, October 10 with a two-run homer by catcher Christian Vázquez to end the game in the 13th inning, took control of Game 4 to triumph in the postseason for the first time in duels. followed by walk-offs, from games 4 and 5 of the 2004 Championship Series. Both were courtesy of David Ortiz against the New York Yankees.
Third baseman Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer off rookie Shane McClanahan to unleash a five-touchdown third inning that put Boston up 5-0. Tampa Bay fought to recover and tied for the eighth.
Red Sox, who reached the playoffs as a wild card, await the winner of the divisional challenge between the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox. Houston leads the series 2-1 leading up to Game 4 on Tuesday, Oct. 12 in Chicago, after being postponed on Monday, Oct. 11 due to permanent rain.
From day one, you guys. they believed in this group, ”manager Alex Cora told his players before kicking off the celebration with champagne. Cora expressed that her conviction was what led them to this point. “We always said that we had a good baseball team, that we had some gaps and they are still there, but in the end, no matter how bad it seemed at times, we are still here. We are still at the dance, ”insisted the Puerto Rican pilot.