The Major league Baseball playoffs started last week with the wild card games to play the 5 game division series. Tampa Bay was a wild card team this year and won in the 1 game playoff to get to this series against the top ranked Red Sox. The Red Sox have dominated the first two games of the series with 12-2 and a 7-4 wins. The game tonight, October 7, was a much more competitive game. This game was played in Tampa Bay unlike the other two before it. The Boston Red Sox are the higher seeded team so they get home field advantage first.
Tonights game in Tampa Bay went down to the wire and ended up in a 5-4 Tampa Bay win. The two teams were tied 3-3 late into the game until the Rays took a one run lead in the 8th inning. Boston quickly responded by tying the game up in the 9th inning. Going into the bottom of the 9th inning the game was 4-4 with the Rays playoff hopes on the line. The back up catcher, Jose Lobaton came up to bat and hit a walk off home run to win the game. This win for the Tampa Bay Rays was necessary to stay in the playoffs. They are down to the Red Sox in the American League Division Series 2-1 now. This is a best of 5 series so the first to win three games will move on to the American League Championship Series. Both teams have a lot on the line and want to move on to the next round in the playoffs.