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

  • Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta, right, looks back as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts scores on a wild pitch by Peralta in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta, right, looks back as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts scores on a wild pitch by Peralta in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) reacts as he scores on a single by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) reacts as he scores on a single by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after scoring on a hit by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla.  (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after scoring on a hit by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks (16) slides under Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (11) after he was tagged out on a double play in the third inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks (16) slides under Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (11) after he was tagged out on a double play in the third inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (72) trades high-fives with teammates in the dugout after scored in the seventh inning on a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta in Game 4 of baseball's American League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (72) trades high-fives with teammates in the dugout after scored in the seventh inning on a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta in Game 4 of baseball's American League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus hits a single to drive in a run in front of Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus hits a single to drive in a run in front of Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon signals to the bullpen for a pitcher to relieve Jamey Wright in the third 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/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon signals to the bullpen for a pitcher to relieve Jamey Wright in the third 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/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew throws to first base for the double play after forcing out Tampa Bay Rays Wil Myers (9) out in the fourth inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. James Loney was out at first. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew throws to first base for the double play after forcing out Tampa Bay Rays Wil Myers (9) out in the fourth inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. James Loney was out at first. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws in the first inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

    Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws in the first inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell answers questions during a news conference before practice for Monday's Game 3 of baseball's American League division series against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell answers questions during a news conference before practice for Monday's Game 3 of baseball's American League division series against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, center, speaks to pitcher Jamey Wright (35) as catcher Jose Lobaton (59) listens during the second inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wright removed Hellickson from the game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, center, speaks to pitcher Jamey Wright (35) as catcher Jose Lobaton (59) listens during the second inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wright removed Hellickson from the game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • 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)

    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)

  • Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta, right, looks back as Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts scores on a wild pitch by Peralta in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (2) reacts as he scores on a single by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after scoring on a hit by Shane Victorino in the seventh inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla.  (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
  • Boston Red Sox's Will Middlebrooks (16) slides under Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar (11) after he was tagged out on a double play in the third inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
  • Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts (72) trades high-fives with teammates in the dugout after scored in the seventh inning on a wild pitch by Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta in Game 4 of baseball's American League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus hits a single to drive in a run in front of Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's American League division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon signals to the bullpen for a pitcher to relieve Jamey Wright in the third 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/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew throws to first base for the double play after forcing out Tampa Bay Rays Wil Myers (9) out in the fourth inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. James Loney was out at first. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy throws in the first inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
  • Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell answers questions during a news conference before practice for Monday's Game 3 of baseball's American League division series against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, center, speaks to pitcher Jamey Wright (35) as catcher Jose Lobaton (59) listens during the second inning in Game 4 of an American League baseball division series against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Wright removed Hellickson from the game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  • 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)

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 last 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 tomorrow.

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.

Breslow relieved Boston starter Jake Peavy in the sixth and struck out his first four batters – all of them in the middle of Tampa Bay’s lineup.

The 33-year-old lefty from Yale has pitched for six teams in eight big league seasons, including two stints with Boston.

Xander Bogaerts scored the tying run on Joel Peralta’s wild pitch in the seventh and Victorino followed with an RBI infield single. Dustin Pedroia drove in Bogaerts with a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make it 3-1, and Uehara struck out Evan Longoria to end it.

The resilient Rays won four win-or-go-home games over the previous nine days and led 1-0 this time before Boston rallied.

David DeJesus snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth and Boston squandered several opportunities before finally breaking through in the seventh.

Bogaerts, pinch-hitting, drew a one-out walk and raced to third on Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-out single off Jake McGee. The Rays brought on their sixth pitcher, Peralta, and the game shifted suddenly on his first pitch, which skipped in the dirt past catcher Jose Lobaton – allowing the tying run to score.

Ellsbury was stealing second on the pitch and continued to third when the ball rolled toward the backstop. Victorino beat out a slow chopper to shortstop, putting the Red Sox ahead 2-1.

Breslow pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings for the win. Uehara earned a save, bouncing back from Lobaton’s ninth-inning homer in Game 3.

Tampa Bay won three win-or-go-home games just to get into the division series last week. Coming from behind in another elimination game Monday gave them hope of taking the series back to Fenway Park, where the Rays were outscored 19-6 in the first two games.

The trip to the ALCS will be Boston’s first since 2008, when the Red Sox lost in seven games to Tampa Bay.

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