Rays-Red Sox: Two-Game Lead and Win Go to the Rays

Ryan KContributor ISeptember 17, 2008

It was a game the Boston Red Sox needed to win, but the pitching and offense never showed up when they needed it.

The game would have placed the Red Sox back atop the AL East with the Rays, but after an atrocious game played by Boston, the Tampa Bay Rays now stand alone in the AL East, leading by two games.

The 10-3 win for the Rays gave them the regular season series victory 10-8. If somehow the division is tied at the end of the season, the Rays will be crowned the AL east champions as long as the Wild Card belongs to either team.

What was going to be a season-changing win for the Red Sox turned into a division-ending game. There is now ten games to play and it is very unlikely that they will come back and take control of the division.

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield only lasted two-and-one-thirds innings. The early exit was suprising due to his previous success in domes and his last start, which was his best of the season. He allowed six runs on six hits and got the loss.

The winning pitcher for the Rays was Grant Balfour who entered the game in relief of starter Matt Garza with two outs in the fifth inning.

Both teams will most likely be in the playoffs but now the Red Sox will have to face the LA Angels who they were only able to beat once this season in nine meetings.

What was supposed to be a game that put the Red Sox back on top in the standings became a disastrous one-sided game that put a damper on the Boston's World Series hopes.