Rays, Red Sox Advance to ALCS

By: Ralph Hipp / 13 Sports Team
By: Ralph Hipp / 13 Sports Team

BOSTON - A pair of division rivals will square off in the American League Championship Series.

Jed Lowrie laced an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in Game Four of the AL division series. Jason Bay began the winning rally by hitting a ground-rule double before scoring on Lowrie's second hit of the game.

The Angels had a chance to take a 3-2 lead when pinch-hitter Kendry Morales led off the ninth with a double and pinch-runner Reggie Willits moved to third on a bunt. But Willits was erased at third after trying to score on a failed squeeze attempt by Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr).

Manny Delcarmen retired two hitters in the ninth to get the win, while L.A.'s Scot Shields took the loss.

The Tampa Bay Rays played themselves into the American League Championship Series Monday. The Rays wrapped up their AL division series in four games with a 6-2 win over the White Sox in Chicago. The victory puts the Rays in the ALCS for the first time in their 11-season history, one year after finishing with the league's worst record.

B.J. Upton, Cliff Floyd and Carlos Pena highlighted the Rays' 10-hit attack while Andrew Sonnenstine held the White Sox to a pair of runs and three hits in five and two-thirds. J.P. Howell and Grant Balfour iced the victory by combining to blank the White Sox over three and a-third. Upton opened the scoring with a solo homer two batters into the game before adding another solo blast that put the Rays ahead 2-0 in the third. Floyd fueled the Rays' two-run fourth, lacing an RBI double and scoring on Dioner Navarro's single.

Paul Konerko and former Royals start Jermaine Dye belted solo shots off Sonnenstine, but Pena answered each home run by providing RBI singles to restore four-run leads.

Game One of the ALCS is set for Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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