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Rays vs. Red Sox Final Score: Tampa Bay stays alive with 4-2 win

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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