Playoff wrap: Rays continue to stumble

Playoff wrap: Rays continue to stumble
September 6, 2013, 6:45 am
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Now that the baseball pennant races are heading into the home stretch, we'll be here each weekday with a wrapup of the previous night's action. Here's what happened on Thursday night, September 5:

A.L. EAST: Red Sox (85-57) lead Rays (77-62) by 6 1/2 games

  • Red Sox 9, Yankees 8 (10): That was one we'll remember, eh? (

  • Angels 6, Rays 2: You're not winning many games when your ace -- in this case, David Price -- gives up 11 hits and a walk in the first three innings. (AP) With the Red Sox pulling away in front of them and the Yankees not far behind them for the final wild-card spot, wonder if the Rays are Boston fans this weekend?

A.L. WEST: Rangers (80-59) lead A's (80-60) by 1/2 game

  • Astros 3, A's 2: Losing to Houston? (AP) At home? In the middle of a pennant race? Really? 

A.L. WILD CARD: A's and Rays hold top two spots; Yankees (75-65, 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay), Indians (74-65, 3 games back), Orioles (74-65, 3 games back) and Royals (73-67, 4 1/2 games back) in the hunt

  • Orioles 3, White Sox 1: The White Sox are equal-opportunity opponents in the postseason chase: They lose to all the contenders. (AP)

  • Royals 7, Mariners 6: First the Royals come back from a 5-0 deficit. Then they blow a 6-5 lead in the ninth . . . Greg Holland's first blown save since May 6, incidentally. Then they finally win it on a Mike Moustakas home run in the bottom of the 13th. (AP) Don't know how long they'll hang in the chase, but you can't say they won't make it interesting as long as they're alive.

N.L. CENTRAL/WILD CARD: Pirates (81-58) lead Cardinals (80-60) by 1 1/2 games and Reds (79-62) by 3.

  • Reds 6, Cardinals 2: The Cards are going cold when they should be getting hot. (AP)