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Rays top White Sox for eighth straight victory

Sep 27, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

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A week ago it appeared the Rays may be reduced to the role of spoiler when they faced the White Sox and Orioles in their final seven games of the season. Now, they’re right back in it after winning their eighth straight game on Thursday night against the Pale Hose.

Evan Longoria homered in the top of the ninth and Fernando Rodney closed the game with yet another scoreless inning as the Rays prevailed 3-2. It was Rodney’s 46th save of the season.

The White Sox got their only two runs off James Shields on a HBP in the fourth and a Paul Konerko double-play ball in the fifth. Jake Peavy was left with a no-decision after a strong effort that saw him allow two runs in 7 1/3 innings. Brett Myers took the loss in the ninth.

At 86-70, the Rays control their own destiny, even though they’re still three games back of the Orioles and two behind the A’s in the wild card. That’s because they still have three games against Baltimore next week.

The White Sox, on the other hand, have lost three straight to fall two games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. They don’t get to face Detroit again, so their fate is out of their hands. Since the Tigers finish with the Twins and Royals, the White Sox may have to win out to have a shot.

But that’s going to be exceedingly difficult with three more games against the Rays on the slate. The White Sox have look putrid against mediocre pitching of late, and now they’re getting Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and David Price this weekend.

  1. hittfamily - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Wowza! The Rays were down 7 in the Wildcard standings 9 days ago. They are down 2 to the A’s, and 3 to the O’s. They are going to pull a miracle again!!!

    Bud’s dream scenario of the second wildcard enabling the Red Sox to finally make the post season again might end up being his biggest blunder if it allows the Athletics, Orioles, or Rays to make the post season. A Rays-Brewers World series might beat some primetime cable shows.

    The final day of the season last year was the most exciting in my lifetime. Dan Johnson’s 2 out, 2 strike homerun was the most “clutch” homerun I have ever seen. Longo gets the credit because of his walkoff, but Johnson’s was more necessary, with the Sox leading the O’s at the time.

    Please baseball. Please make this year just as epic (preferably with a similiar Rays victory).

    • indaburg - Sep 28, 2012 at 6:29 AM

      Don’t jinx us!!!! “They are going to pull a miracle again”?!?! Quick, say three Hail Marys and an Our Father. Don’t listen to hittfamily, ye persnickety baseball gods. He knows not of what he speaks.

      • hittfamily - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        LOL. That was a mistake. I’ll have to sacrifice either a Ray or an Oriole this afternoon to satisfy the baseball gods. I don’t think either of those are felonies, but sacricing an Athletic might be (does law enforcement have an east coast bias too? If so, maybe it isn’t). Sacrificing an Angel is pretty much how we ended up with Lucifer becoming the Devil, so I won’t be doing that.

        If you like Tampa Bay Raise Up.

  2. raysfan1 - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    No quarter will be asked for nor given!

    The best thing for the Rays is the A’s and Angels both must finish out versus the Rangers and Mariners. Hopefully the Rays take care of business against the White Sox and a sweep won’t be necessary against the O’s.

  3. Brian Donohue - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    He-gon': The Hawk-less Sox broadcast booth was sort of tolerable. Lucky thing he wasn’t there, poor SOB would have been foaming at the mouth over the Sox’s wasted chances against Shields. But I too would like to see the Rays get to the O’s series with a shot. Not because I’m a fan of any team, I’m just a fan of fun, and a finish like last year’s, no matter who wins, would be fun.

  4. pisano - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    The Ray’s and watching grass grow are equally exciting to watch, especially in that dreary stadium.

    • raysfan1 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      Yeah, great pitching and late-inning comebacks are sooooooooo boring. You poor, poor baby.

  5. gotampabay52 - Sep 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Yo White sox fans after Myers gives up hr top of the 9th let me be first to say PUT IT ON THE BOARD HEY YEASH GO RAYS

  6. florida727 - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I’m a Sox fan, have been since I could walk to games from my house as a kid, and I’m pretty disappointed. I don’t see the Tigers faltering, and we’re too far back in the Wild Card. Oh well…

  7. chill1184 - Sep 28, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Another reason why to love baseball. Would love to see another epic game 162 that decides playoff fates.

  8. steve7921 - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Gotta love the Rays…all you can ask is that your team is playing meaningful games in late September and again here we are!

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