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Rays beat Boston 4-2, keep playoff hopes alive

The Rays need to keep winning to have any shot at making the playoffs, and that's exactly what they did Wednesday night.

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Rays stay alive with 4-2 win over Red Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. Carlos Pena and Ben Francisco both hit home runs, while the Tampa Bay pitching staff combined to hold the Sox to two runs on four hits.

Alex Cobb took the win for Tampa, going five innings while giving up one run on three hits. Kyle Farnsworth took over at the start of the bottom of the sixth but was pulled after he walked Dustin Pedroia and gave up a single to Cody Ross. Jake McGee entered and gave up a sacrifice fly, with the run charged to Farnsworth, and that was all the damage Boston would do.

With seven games remaining, the Rays are 2½ games out of the second AL wild card. They need to keep winning to have any hope of making the playoffs, and they'll look to do so as they start a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

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Rays send Alex Cobb to pitch against Red Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays are wrapping up their brief two-game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Rays will be sending Alex Cobb to the mound in hopes of keeping their American League wild card hopes alive. Currently Tampa Bay is three games out of both the first and second wild card spot.

Cobb is getting his second straight start against the Red Sox, he pitched last week and lasted six innings. He earned the loss but he gave up only two hits and three earned runs. He will just need some offense to back him up.

The Rays are making a few lineup changes on Wednesday with Jeff Keppinger taking the designated hitter spot after playing at second base on Tuesday. Ryan Roberts replaces Keppinger at second base and will be batting fifth.

Rays lineup:
1. Desmond Jennings RF
2. B.J. Upton CF
3. Ben Zobrist SS
4. Evan Longoria 3B
5. Jeff Keppinger DH
6. Carlos Pena 1B
7. Ben Francisco LF
8. Ryan Roberts 2B
9. Jose Lobaton C
Alex Cobb P

Red Sox lineup:
1. Pedro Ciriaco 3B
2. Scott Podsednik CF
3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
4. Cody Ross RF
5. James Loney 1B
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
7. Ryan Lavarnway DH
8. Daniel Nava LF
9. Jose Iglesias SS
Jon Lester P

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