Rays Edge Red Sox in Close Contest

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Adam Kolarek waits as umpire confer during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kalrek was pitching, then moved to first base, and then back to pitcher in the inning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Major League Baseball playoff race has become very interesting during the past few weeks. The Tampa Bay Rays were firmly entrenched in second place in the American League East. However, they have not been playing very well of late. This has allowed the Boston Red Sox to catch up to them. The two teams just finished a series of three games at Tropicana Field and the Rays were victorious by a score of 3-2. This was due to the great pitching of Charlie Morton. He has been the best pitcher in the AL this year in terms of earned run average. It was Morton’s twelfth win of the season to go against three defeats. His earned run average now stands at 2.60 on the season.

David Price took the loss for the Red Sox. He pitched well and only allowed three earned runs in six innings. He is now 7-4 this year. Price made a name for himself as the ace of the Rays for any years. He even won a Cy Young Award while he was pitching in Tampa Bay. He was then traded to Detroit and then to Toronto before signing a huge free agent contract with the Red Sox.

The New York Yankees have put a lot of distance between themselves and the rest of the teams in their division. However, the race for the wild card spots in the American League is going to be very interesting. Both the Rays and the Red Sox are in the mix. However, the Cleveland Indians and the Oakland Athletics are also going to have a big say about who the AL wild card teams will be. The Red Sox will play their next 14 games against the Yankees and Rays. These next two weeks could very easily determine the fate of the Red Sox where the playoffs are concerned.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora says he can’t complain about where his team is in the standings right now. This is because the team started out so poorly at the beginning of the year. Therefore, they had a lot of ground to make up. He said the team has not been performing consistently of late. However, they have been able to make up ground because of how poorly the Rays have been playing. Both the Rays and the Red Sox will be seeing a lot more of each other very soon.

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