The Boston Red Sox needed 13 innings to win Game 3 of their American League Division Series matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays, but they did so in style. In the bottom of the 13th inning, following a J.D. Martinez flyout, Hunter Renfroe walked, and then Christian Vázquez belted a game-winning two-run home run:
Christian Vázquez hits a 2-run walk-off homer for the Red Sox in the 13th inning of Game 3! 💣
Boston takes a 2-1 lead in the series. ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/ryXzSc3h0C
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) October 11, 2021
That’s quite the shot from Vázquez (pictured celebrating above), clearing the Green Monster in left. And it came after a controversial ground rule double ruling prevented the Rays from scoring a run in the top of the 13th. But there wasn’t any dispute about this home run, and it gave the Red Sox the win.
[Photo from Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports]