BOSTON — The Rays got a much-needed win on Sunday, shaking off the frustration of three straight ugly losses and the emotions of concern over Hurricane Irma in beating the Red Sox 4-1.
Catcher Wilson Ramos factored heavily in the victory. He singled in the Rays' first run, scored the second and homered for the third and had a big hand in a key play at the plate in the second, snaring Mallex Smith's throw and tagging out Christian Vazquez, the call standing up through a long replay review. Lucas Duda added a homer in the seventh, his 29th of the season and 12th with the Rays.
Also helping out was reliever Dan Jennings, who took over for starter Alex Cobb with two on and no outs in the sixth inning of what was then a 3-1 game and got the Rays out of trouble, getting a double play then a groundout.
The win improved the Rays to 71-73 and kept them within 4½ games of the second American League wild card, currently held by the Twins.
The Rays head next to New York, facing the overall wild-card-leading Yankees at the Mets' Citi Field, the series relocated by MLB to the supposedly neutral site due to the impact of Irma on the Tampa Bay area.
Cobb gave the Rays a strong start, allowing just the one run on four hits though walking three as he worked into the sixth, throwing 93 pitches. Jennings was followed by Steve Cishek, Tommy Hunter and Alex Colome, who converted his 14th straight save and majors-most 43rd overall.
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