When it gets to this point for the Tampa Bay Rays it's Evan Longoria.

But it was Jose Lobaton who provided the decisive blow Monday night - a one-out walkoff home run to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 final in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

Yes the Rays scored a bizarre eighth-inning run without getting a ball out of the infield and extend the series at least to tonight's Game 4 but it was Longoria who revived a sellout crowd at Tropicana Field rejuvenated the struggling and often bumbling Rays saved the season.

It's not the first time Longoria has saved a season. His final-swing-of-the-season home run in 2011 put t he Rays into the playoffs.

He's synonymous with the Rays' rise to prominence and of course as a rookie hit home runs in his first two at-bats of the franchise's first-ever post-season game in 2008.

And before we get too far into this it's also worth noting it was his 28th birthday. Of course it was.

Even more important than all that is that the Rays remain alive to repeat last week's feat of surviving three win-or-go-home games. They'll need to knock off the Red Sox again Tuesday in St. Petersburg – Jake Peavy starts for the Red Sox and Jeremy Hellickson for the Rays – and then go back to Boston for a fifth game on Thursday.

Delmon Young who's carving his own reputation for playoff heroics gets credit for the game-winning RBI in an inning when the Red Sox looked anything but efficient for the first time in the series.

Reliever Franlkin Morales walked James Loney to start the inning but the key moment was Desmond Jennings' drag bunt along the first-base line. Morales and first baseman Mike Napoli both broke for the ball and when Morales fielded it neither was in position to beat the fleet Jennings to the base.

After Matt Joyce popped out attempting to sacrifice Brandon Workman replace Morales and gave up an infield single to Yunel Escobar. That bouncer over the mound was a possible inning-ending double play but shortstop Stephen Drew could only slide in front of the ball and keep it from going into center field.

Then Young hit the grounder that Napoli snagged as he moved toward first base. He looked toward home and correctly realized he had no chance to get pinch-runner Sam Fuld at home and with a disgusted shrug opted for the out at first.