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.
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
- Kiermaier out, trying to ‘calm down’ neck pain - Alyson Footer, Rays Baseball
- The top 10 prospects a year from now will be ... - Jim Callis, MLB Pipeline
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.
- The Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Staff Continues to Grind Through Injuries - Robbie Stratakos, Baseball Essential
- How Tampa Bay Rays Nick Anderson Turned Things Around so Quickly - Jake Ricker, LWOS
- Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks relishes first save, chance to quiet ‘idiots in the stands’ - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
- Rays take issue with MLB’s non-reversal of replay challenge - Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times