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Red Sox Beat Rays to Advance to ALCS

Red Sox Beat Rays to Advance to ALCS

(AP) Red Sox beat Rays 3-1 in Game 4 to reach ALCS
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
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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