Juan Uribe was unable to get a bunt down -- and it was the best thing that happened to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.
Uribe hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning to rally the host Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves, clinching their National League Division Series in four games.
"I (wanted) to have a good swing and try to win the game," Uribe said.
Yasiel Puig doubled down the right-field line to lead off the eighth inning against David Carpenter. Fans were on their feet chanting "Let's go Dodgers" when Uribe fouled off two bunt attempts, then sent a 2-2 pitch into the Dodgers bullpen in left field.
"This moment today," Uribe said, "I'll never forget."
Brian Wilson pitched the eighth to get the victory, and Kenley Jansen came on in the ninth to earn the save.
Carl Crawford homered his first two times up for the Dodgers, who brought back Clayton Kershaw on three days' rest for the first time in his career.
With a chance to close out the series, the Dodgers opted for their ace over scheduled starter Ricky Nolasco. The move paid off when the 2011 N.L. Cy Young Award winner tossed six solid innings before turning it over to the bullpen.
Rays 5, Red Sox 4: Jose Lobaton hit a blast into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall, and Tampa Bay remained afloat in its A.L. Division Series.
The Rays averted a sweep at the hands of Boston after Lobaton, with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, golfed a low pitch to right-center field. The ball deflected off a fan trying to catch the souvenir and wound up in the 10,000-gallon tank where cownose rays swim around.
"It's unbelievable. It's something you can't explain," Lobaton said. "We never give up. We're going to keep fighting."
Back home after two weeks on the road, the Rays gave a sellout crowd of 33,675 little to cheer until Evan Longoria homered on his 28th birthday. His three-run shot off Clay Buchholz with two outs in the fifth rallied Tampa Bay to a 3-3 tie.
Game 4 will be Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Cardinals 2, Pirates 1: St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging Pittsburgh and forcing a deciding Game 5 in their N.L. Division Series.
The Cardinals are 7-1 over the past three years with their season on the line, and the 22-year-old Wacha showed he, like the team's veterans, doesn't rattle easily. Not even with 40,000 Pirates fans screaming his name relentlessly.
"I kind of like it," Wacha said. "It kind of gives me adrenaline. I kind of use it in my favor."
The Pirates' only hit was Pedro Alvarez's solo home run with one out in the eighth inning. Wacha walked two and struck out nine before giving way to the bullpen in the eighth. All he needed to get the win was a two-run homer by Matt Holliday in the sixth.
Game 5 will be Wednesday in St. Louis.
Blue Jays: First-base coach Dwayne Murphy is retiring as a major league coach and hitting coach Chad Mottola also won't return, the team said.
Yankees: Third baseman Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit claiming Major League Baseball and commissioner Bud Selig went on a "witch hunt" to force him from the sport has been moved from state to federal court.
Schilling's sale: Former pitcher Curt Schilling -- whose video game company collapsed into bankruptcy last year, prompting a high-profile lawsuit in Rhode Island -- is selling off furniture and sports collectibles.