Boston Red Sox

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 07: Manager Alex Cora #13 of the Boston Red Sox looks on during batting practice prior to Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on October 07, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Red Sox righty Nick Pivetta went from Game 4 starter to Game 3 extra-innings hero in the blink of an eye Sunday night.

With the Red Sox looking to keep the Rays off the board, and with Alex Cora burning through five relievers over four innings, the keys to the mound were handed to Pivetta. And the Canadian did not disappoint, as he dazzled for four innings of shutout ball, with just three hits and seven strikeouts.

Pivetta made sure to end things with a bang, too, as he fanned the Rays’ Mike Zunino with runners on second and third in the top of the 13th.

The ‘bad’ news for the Red Sox is that Pivetta’s dominant outing, which maxed out at 67 pitches, has obviously left the team down a starter for Monday’s Game 4. (The 28-year-old Pivetta also threw 73 pitches out of the pen in last Thursday’s Game 1 loss at The Trop, putting him at 140 pitches over his last four days.)

But Cora already had an option in mind when speaking after Game 3.

“Not yet,” Cora said when asked if it’s decided on his Game 4 starter. “But most likely it’s going to be Eddie [Rodriguez].”

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