Carlos Pena and Carl Crawford blasted home runs to lift their Tampa Bay Rays past the Boston Red Sox 5-3 last night at Tropicana field. The recent victory allowed the Rays to keep pace with the New York Yankees while pushing the Red Sox to 6 1/2 games behind in the AL East. Crawford’s long ball led him to became the eighth player since 1900 to produce 100 homers, 100 triples and 400 stolen bases. “When you get into elite company like that, it feels real good,” he said. “You feel real proud about the stuff you’ve been able to accomplish. It just makes you want to see how far you can go.”
The Red Sox remain optimistic in regards to their playoff chances with 31 games to go in the regular season. “It’s not over yet. We come back Tuesday in Baltimore, keep playing hard, man,” said catcher Victor Martinez. “That’s the only thing we can control, and we’ll see what happens.” The Sox are set to battle the Orioles at Camden Yards this week before welcoming in the Chicago White Sox for three games starting Friday, September 3rd. Purchase your Boston Red Sox tickets right here at Ace!