With almost every game essentially falling under ‘must-win’ status, the Tampa Bay Rays continued to roll, defeating the hapless Boston Red Sox 5-2.
Jeff Keppinger put the Rays on the board in the top of the second, drilling a three run home run after Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz issued back to back walks to start the inning. The Rays threatened to blow the game wide open, putting runners on first and second with one out, but Buchholz was able to escape further damage.
The Red Sox chipped away, scoring a run in the bottom of the second on a Danny Valencia base hit, and another run on David Price‘s balk in the third. From that point, Price shut down the Red Sox, allowing only two other baserunners on the night.
Tampa tacked on two more runs in the sixth, as Jose Molina had an RBI single to score Keppinger from second. A throwing error by Daniel Nava allowed another run to score, providing the final margin in the 5-2 win.
Price picked up the victory, allowing only the two runs on seven hits, walking none while striking out a season-high 13 batters. Keppinger was 2-4 with two runs scored, a home run, and three RBIs.