Rays Wild Card chances still alive, Indians win 18 in a row, & Nationals are heading to the playoffs

Yesterday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three game sweep against Boston, as they defeated the Red Sox, 4-1.

Alex Cobb pitched a fine, albeit short game as he limited the Red Sox to one run over five innings pitched, striking out five and walking three. Cobb pitched to two hitters in the sixth inning, both of whom reached base. He would then give way to Dan Jennings, who would strand the runners thanks to a double play and a ground out to end the inning.

The Rays bullpen in whole pitched the final four inning scoreless, allowing just one hit. Alex Colome picked up his major league leading 43rd save.

On the offensive side of things, Lucas Duda hit his 12th home run in a Rays uniform (29th this season), and Wilson Ramos also slugged a solo homer of his own as part of a three hit day.

The Rays are now 71-73, and despite losing the series to Boston, they remain just 3.5 games back in the Wild Card chase as most of the contending teams suffered bad weekends.

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