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SAO PAULO - Former Brazil striker Adriano was charged by Rio de Janeiro prosecutors on Tuesday for his alleged connection with drug trafficking.Prosecutors claim the striker bought a motorcycle and gave it as a gift to a known drug dealer in the shantytown where he grew up.It will be up to a judge whether to accept the charges.Adriano could face up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted.It is not the first time he has been investigated for his alleged ties to drug trafficking in Rio, but he had never previously been charged. Several years ago, prosecutors had requested a probe into Adrianos purchase of the motorcycle, which allegedly was registered in the name of the drug dealers mother and was used for drug trafficking.Prosecutors on Tuesday did not request Adrianos arrest but asked for him to surrender his passport, claiming the player has enough money to try to flee the country if wanted.Adriano and his lawyers could not be immediately contacted for comment.The 32-year-old forward reportedly has been negotiating with second-division French club Le Havre to return to football after several months without a club. He travelled to France recently to meet with club officials, and French media reported that a deal was close.Adriano played a few games with Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense earlier this year after being out of action for nearly two years because of injuries and off-field problems.He began his career with Flamengo and played for Inter Milan and AS Roma, among other clubs. 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Game 4 is Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, with Jake Peavy starting for the Red Sox against Jeremy Hellickson. "They have a great team. They never quit. Weve seen that ... everyone knows that. Weve just got to be one run better than them (Tuesday)," Bostons Dustin Pedroia said. "Well be all right. Well be fine." As hes done so often in his career, Longoria provided the spark that turned a potentially bleak night into a special moment in Rays history. The only player whos appeared in every post-season game Tampa Bay has ever played homered off Clay Buchholz in the fifth inning. The three-run shot erased a 3-0 deficit and boosted sagging hopes. We needed that badly, theres no denying," manager Joe Maddon said. "After we saw that ... its kind of like the energy came back," Lobaton added. "Everybody was kind of like, weve got a chance now." Lobatons solo homer off Koji Uehara landed into the giant fish tank beyond the centre-field wall. The Red Sox closer didnt allow a home run in his last 37 regular-season appearances. "Koji has been tough, man. Hes been a really bright spot on that ballclub. To be able to come through in that moment, those are the kind of things that were going to need to propel us forward," Longoria said. Back home after two weeks on the road, the Rays gave a sellout crowd of 33,675 little to cheer until Longoria homered on his 28th birthday. Pinch-hitter Delmon Young, who has a penchant for driving home key runs in October, put the Rays ahead 4-3 with an RBI grounder in the eighth. The Red Sox made it 4-all in the ninth on Pedroias RBI grounder after closer Fernando Rodney issued a leadoff walk to Will Middlebrooks. Rodney got the win when Lobaton golfed a low pitch to right-centre, ending the 4-hour, 19-minute game.dddddddddddd 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. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was studying his lineup when he heard the crack of the bat. "Look up and the ball is going towards the tank, which nobody hits home runs there. Nobody does. How about that? Its incredible," he said. The last time Uehara gave up a homer was June 30 to Toronto slugger Jose Bautista. "You dont expect it ... I think thats what makes it a little tougher," Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino said of Lobatons homer. "Ill hand the ball to Koji (Tuesday) if we need to. I have all the confidence in him. We look at the positive that we battled back against their closer to tie the game." The Rays won three must-win road games in three cities over four days just to get into the division series, so they felt good about their chances of coming back against the Red Sox. Especially with Alex Cobb on the mound. The right-hander beat Cleveland 4-0 in the AL wild-card game last Wednesday and has been one of the consistent pitchers in the majors since August 2012. The Red Sox were just as confident about the prospect of closing out the series. "Im sure theres an attitude they have nothing to lose and just let it all hang out," Boston manager John Farrell said. "Thats what weve been accustomed to for years against the Rays. As I mentioned before the series started, we have tremendous respect for them and we know it will be a very similar game tomorrow night." Buchholz, limited to 16 starts this season because of a neck strain that landed him on the disabled list for three months, allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. Cobb, pitching on his 26th birthday, yielded three runs and five hits in five innings. Ellsbury scored Bostons first two runs on Ben Zobrists throwing error in the first and Cobbs wild pitch in the fifth. David Ortizs fifth-inning RBI single put the Red Sox up 3-0 against the Tampa Bay starter. The Red Sox remain confident heading into Game 4. 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