Rays Top Yanks, Tie Boston For Wild Card
St. Petersburgh, FL (WIBX) - Tampa Bay's James Shields pitched 8 2/3 innings of two-run ball to stop the Yankees on Monday night and, coupled with Boston's loss to Baltimore, the Rays have tied the Red Sox for the American League's Wild Card playoff spot.
B.J. Upton led the Rays offense with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored in Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory.
The win for Shields ups his record to 16-12.
Hector Noesi got the start for New York, just his second of the season, giving up five hits and three earned runs in just two-plus innings of work. Noesi suffered the loss to drop his record to 2-2.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hit a solo home run in the first inning and finished with two RBI.
The Red Sox fell 6-3 to the Orioles in Baltimore, falling into a two-way tie with Tampa Bay for the AL's final playoff spot with two regular season games remaining.
Josh Beckett gave up seven hits, six runs and allowed four walks through six innings.