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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Meadows and Rangers defense leads to Rays 6th straight victory

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The Rays maintain a 1.5 game lead in the Wild Card chase

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, it took 11 innings but the Tampa Bay Rays were eventually able to secure their sixth victory in a row as they defeated the Texas Rangers, 5-3.

Austin Meadows launched his 29th home run of the season, a game tying blast to center field in the 8th inning. The Texas Rangers defense crumbled in the 11th to allowed the Rays to take the lead and Peter Fairbanks secured the victory against his former team.

Standings Update

The Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians were both victorious on Tuesday, so the Rays maintained a 1.5 game lead for the top Wild Card spot. Oakland sits just a half game up over the Indians for the second spot.

Meanwhile, the Rays have not been fully eliminated from the division chase, as they sit 8 games back of the Yankees with New York’s magic number being 9.

News and Links

1. Wander Franco, SS, Rays (No. 1)
He’s taking the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. express route to the Majors, putting up better numbers at the same stage of their careers, and he’s also a switch-hitter with plus speed who’s capable of playing shortstop.