WATCH: Boston Red Sox Seal the Deal in Style With Walk-Off Against Tampa Bay Rays in ALDS Game 3

Published 10/11/2021, 5:19 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) reacts after hitting a walk-off two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the thirteenth inning in game three of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


The night belonged to the Boston Red Sox as they clinched their second victory in the ALDS series on Sunday. Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays by 6-4, gaining a firm hold on the series.

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Interestingly, the Red Sox had home advantage, which they capitalized on emphatically. Notably, it was an intense battle as the match went down to the wire, with fans still waiting for a winner in the 13th innings.

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Boston Red Sox’s walk-off home run

The American League Division series, between Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, has been taking unexpected turns. Even though the Rays started off with a dominant win in Game 1, they now find themselves at crossroads. In the second game of the series, Boston red Sox turned the tables in their favor, putting on a match-winning performance.

The Red’s thrashed the Rays in their Game 2 comeback, drawing the series at 1-1. On Sunday, the two teams competed in Game 3 of the series, as the Red Sox triumphed over the Rays by 6-4. The series now reads 2-1 to the Red Sox.

Oct 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez (7) reacts after hitting a walk-off two run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the thirteenth inning in game three of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The sudden reverse of fortune came in the 13th inning when Christian Vazquez shot a two-run walk-off home run. Notably, the win did not come without controversy. As Red Sox got the advantage of a ground-rule double, the Tampa Bay Rays lost.

What’s next in the ALDS series?

While Red Sox clinched the match, undeniably, Tampa Bay Rays performed neck-to-neck with them. Both the teams weren’t ready to lose as the match went up to the 13th inning. With that result, the Boston Red Sox are now just one win away from securing the American League Division Series.

Oct 10, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Randy Arozarena (56) reacts after hitting a game tying one run double against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning in game three of the 2021 ALDS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The game four battle between the two teams is scheduled for Monday. Do you think the Rays will make a comeback or will the Red Sox clinch the series on their home ground?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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