Red Sox move on after beating Rays in MLB

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Kike Hernandez has delivered the second straight MLB walk-off win for the Boston Red Sox as they advanced to the American League championship series with a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The sacrifice fly in the ninth inning for Hernandez scored pinch-runner Danny Santana to the delight of the home crowd.

After winning Game 3 of their five-game series on Sunday with Christian Vazquez's two-run homer in the 13th, Boston took Game 4 for their first set of consecutive walk-off postseason wins since 2004.

The wildcard Red Sox will play the winners of the other ALDS matchup between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox.

Houston lead that showdown 2-1 going into Game 4 in Chicago on Tuesday.

Rafael Devers had a three-run home run off rookie Shane McClanahan to ignite a five-run third inning that put Boston in front 5-0 against the Rays.

Tampa Bay, somehow, battled back and tied it in the eighth.

Boston improved to 15-3 in potential clinching post-season games and have won each of their past eight.

It brings an abrupt end to the season for the Rays, who'd been eyeing back-to-back trips to the World Series after winning 100 games during the regular season and rolling to AL East title.

In the National League division series, Joc Pederson belted a three-run homer in the fifth inning to lift the host Atlanta Braves to a 3-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and a 2-1 series advantage.

And Evan Longoria's fifth-inning home run was all the San Francisco Giants needed in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

with Reuters

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