Rays tie Red Sox in wild card race
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead, beating the New York Yankees 5-2 on Monday night behind another strong performance by James Shields.
Shields came within one out of his 12th complete game, yielding six hits. Kyle Farnsworth finished for his 24th save, closing it out moments before the Red Sox lost 6-3 at Baltimore. The Rays and Red Sox each have two games left.
B.J. Upton drove in two runs with a third-inning double off Hector Noesi. Kelly Shoppach homered for the second straight day for the Rays. Johnny Damon’s third-inning RBI single moved him into a tie with Lou Gehrig for 57th on the career hits list with 2,721.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Boston Red Sox found another way to lose, this time on a broken-bat single and an inside-the-park homer, and their defeat against the Orioles dropped them into a tie in the AL wild-card race.
It was Boston’s 17th loss in the last 22 games.