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Have the Rays used up their pennant-race mulligans?

Takeaways from the Rays’ 7-4 loss Sunday to Boston. | Martin Fennelly:
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) is out stealing second on a call review during the second inning while playing the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, September 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg.
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) is out stealing second on a call review during the second inning while playing the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, September 22, 2019, in St. Petersburg. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Sep. 22, 2019|Updated Sep. 23, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — About that game Sunday:

Everyone deserves a mulligan during a playoff chase, but the Rays have used theirs up. Sunday’s 7-4 loss was filled with mistakes and lethargy. Bad day, except maybe for Brendan McKay’s pinch-hit homer in the ninth.

Make it consecutive shaky starts for Ryan Yarbrough, who gave up four runs, three on a home run, and six hits in the first inning to set the tone. The Rays will be counting on Yarbrough next weekend in Toronto.

Good to see rookie All-Star Brandon Lowe back in the lineup for the first time since July 2. Lowe singled in his first at-bat. Every little bit could help this at times sleepy Rays offense. Cleanup man Ji-Man Choi struck out four times Sunday.

Contact Martin Fennelly at mfennelly@tampabay.com. Follow @mjfennelly.

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