The Tampa Bay Rays (47-40) defeated the Boston Red Sox (47-41) 3-2 on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. The Rays are now in second place in the AL East, a half game ahead of Boston in the standings.
The Rays took advantage of several Boston miscues in the bottom of the sixth inning. They came into the frame trailing 2-0, before Francisco Mejia drove in a run to make it 2-1. The Rays then got two more runs when, after a Taylor Walls single, the Red Sox made two different throwing errors on the play that allowed two runners to score for Tampa Bay and the Rays to take a 3-2 lead.
That would prove to be the final score as the Rays closed out a win for Corey Kluber (5-5, 3.58). Kluber started the game and pitched six innings in which he allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking one. Jalen Beeks contributed two scoreless innings, before Brooks Raley picked up his fifth save of the season after striking out two and walking one in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Rays and Red Sox now meet in the third game of the four game series on Wednesday night. First pitch Wednesday is scheduled for 7:10 PM - pregame coverage begins with Jay Recher hosting the Inside Pitch at 6:00 PM on 95.3 WDAE & AM 620.
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