Tampa Bay Rays Win Crazy Playoff-Style Game, Take Over First In AL East

David Price

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Nuts. That’s the only way to describe the final inning and a half in the Tampa Bay Rays‘ 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, a makeup game of their July 25 rainout.

David Price was again on target, allowing one run on two hits through seven innings. Then the rain hit and for 38 minutes, he sat praying that manager Joe Maddon would let him return to the game.

His wish was granted, but after coming back from a 3-0 count to strike out Jonny Gomes, Maddon made a very questionable move by removing the ace from the game. It was so bad that one of the Rays’ television analysts echoed the sentiments of many fans by asking “why then?”

As Rays fans debated that odd move, the defense came up huge. Sam Fuld caught a fly ball and sent a rocket shot to Jose Molina, who tagged out Daniel Nava on what the home plate umpire later admitted was a wrong call to end that inning.

Red Sox fans probably have a legitimate gripe — though not that anyone feels bad for them considering the dirty, destructive, even childish acts their team has committed this season.

This victory concluded the Rays’ post All-Star break road trip 8-2 and put them back atop baseball’s toughest division, the AL East — amazing when you consider that every team they faced sports a .500 record or better.

 

Lauren Burg is a Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL and MLB writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and join her Google network.

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  • aidanose

    Umps blew the game, plain and simple.

    • Lauren Burg

      They’ve blown a lot of games, some of which didn’t go the Rays way. However, until there’s instant replay (which I fully support given the number of missed calls against EVERY team this season), fans and teams have to live with those calls. Just the way it is.