by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
Good teams take advantage of their breaks, and the Boston Red Sox did exactly that.
Boston scored on a wild pitch and an infield single in the seventh inning, erasing a 1-0 Rays lead and allowing the Red Sox to advance to the American League Championship Series with a 3-1 win in Game 4 over Tampa Bay.
Hellickson started with a perfect frame in the first, but after walking David Ortiz and Mike Napoli on eight pitches, then allowing a single to Daniel Nava to load the bases with nobody out in the second, Joe Maddon decided to go to the bullpen and bring in Jamey Wright. Wright struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia looking, then got Stephen Drew to line into a double play to escpae with no runs.
Tampa Bay also got a double play in the third to erase a threat after a leadoff walk to Will Middlebrooks.
The Rays also had chances to score early erased by double plays, as David DeJesus grounded into one to end the third, and James Loney bounced into a twin-killing after a leadoff single in the fourth.
Tampa Bay finally broke through in the sixth, as Yunel Escobar doubled to lead off the inning, moved to third on a groundout by Jose Lobaton, and scored on a line-drive single to right by David DeJesus.
Boston took the lead int he top of the seventh, asfter Jake McGee walked pinch-hitter Xander Bogaerts with one out, after Will Middlebrooks struck out for the second out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled to move Bogaerts to third.
Maddon went to Joel Peralta to try to get the final out, but Peralta's first pitch went to the backstop, scoring Bogaerts and allowing Ellsbury to take third base, and Shane Victorino's infield hiot scored the Boston centerfielder to break the tie.
The Red Sox added an insurance run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Pedroia.
Tampa Bay could not muster the tying run against relievers Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara, who got the final ten outs of the game.
Boston will now wait for the winner of the Oakland-Detroit series, who will play Game 5 of their series Thursday.