Red Sox beat Rays 3-1 in Game 4 to reach ALCS - NBC Sports

Red Sox beat Rays 3-1 in Game 4 to reach ALCS
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson throws in the first inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
October 9, 2013, 12:34 am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Shane Victorino's infield single snapped a seventh-inning tie and journeyman Craig Breslow gave Boston a huge boost out of the bullpen, sending the Red Sox into the AL championship series with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

Koji Uehara got the final four outs - one night after giving up a game-winning homer - and the Red Sox rebounded to win the best-of-five playoff 3-1.

Back in the ALCS for the first time in five years, they'll open at home Saturday against the Athletics or Tigers. Oakland hosts Detroit in a decisive Game 5 on Thursday.

Both managers mixed and matched all night in a tense game that felt more like a chess match. Desperately trying to avoid elimination, Rays skipper Joe Maddon used nine pitchers.

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