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October 9, 2013

Red Sox eliminate Tampa Bay in 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When the champagne stopped flowing in the visitor’s clubhouse, the Boston Red Sox took the celebration back out to the stands at Tropicana Field so that family and friends could share some of the fun.

A year after finishing in last place, the AL East champion Red Sox won 97 games to match St. Louis for the best record in baseball. Now, they’re moving on to the AL Championship Series for the first time in five years.

“I think at this point it really doesn’t do any good to kind of look at where we were,” reliever Craig Breslow said after coming out of the bullpen to give the team a huge boost in a 3-1 victory that ended Tampa Bay’s season.

“We had guys come to spring training — everybody bought in,” Breslow added, explaining Boston’s quick turnaround after going 69-93 last year. “There’s accountability and 25 guys who prioritize winning baseball games beyond any kind of individual achievement or accolade.”

The resilient Rays won four win-or-go-home games over the previous nine, but they couldn’t win another to send the best-of-five matchup back to Fenway Park for a decisive Game 5.

Shane Victorino’s infield single snapped a seventh-inning tie, and Dustin Pedroia’s ninth-inning sacrifice fly provided insurance for the Red Sox.

Koji Uehara got the final four outs — one night after giving up a game-winning homer — and Boston rebounded to take the series in four games.

The Red Sox will open the ALCS at home Saturday against the Athletics or Tigers. Oakland hosts Detroit in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday.

There was a sense of relief in finally getting past the Rays, who have been a tough matchup for Boston over the past six seasons. Counting three wins in the ALDS, the Red Sox won 15 of 23 meetings between the teams this season.

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