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Rays vs Red Sox Preview: Rays look to gain another game in the East

The Rays and Red Sox play the second game of their four game set

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox thanks to the longball and another solid performance from Jacob Faria.

The victory last night improved the Rays to 45-42 and now they’re just four and a half games back of the Boston Red Sox in the division. The Wild Card race is a different story though a one game separates the the top team from three others teams, including the Rays, who are a half game back of the second Wild Card spot.

Starting Pitchers

Jake Odorizzi goes to the mound for the Rays tonight, facing the Red Sox for a second time this season. Odorizzi faced Boston back on April 15th, but left after just one inning with an injury. His last time out was on the 1st in Baltimore where he went five innings against the Orioles and yielded three runs on five hits — one homer -- while he walked two and struck out three.

Drew Pomeranz has struggled at times this season but he has been on a roll over his last four starts. He has actually been pretty decent all season but has struggled to pitch deeply into games. Over his last four starts, he has allowed just four earned runs. His last outing came on the 2nd in Toronto against the Blue Jays where he allowed a run on five hits, while he walked two and struck out three over six innings pitched.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Mookie Betts - RF Steven Souza - RF
Andrew Benintendi - LF Corey Dickerson - LF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Evan Longoria - DH
Mitch Moreland - 1B Logan Morrison - 1B
Hanley Ramirez - DH Wilson Ramos - C
Jackie Bradley - CF Brad Miller - 2B
Christian Vazquez - C Trevor Plouffe - 3B
Tzu-Wei Lin - SS Mallex Smith - CF
Deven Marrero - 3B Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Drew Pomeranz - LHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP