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Rays and Indians both win to maintain their respective leads in the AL Wild Card race

Sep 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

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The Rays defeated the Orioles 3-1 this afternoon behind a strong start from Enny Romero in his Major League debut. The left-hander, who spent most of the season with Double-A Montgomery, shut out the O’s in four and two-thirds innings, allowing just one hit while walking four and failing to record a strikeout. The Rays scored in the first on a David DeJesus solo home run and tacked on two more in the sixth. Fernando Rodney allowed a run in the ninth but was able to record his 36th save of the season.

Meanwhile, the Indians had an easy time against the Astros. After falling behind 2-0 in the fourth, the Indians put up a three-spot against Astros starter Erik Bedard. They added a four more in the sixth, three of which were charged to Bedard, who couldn’t record an out in the inning. Corey Kluber had a strong start, allowing just the two runs in five and one-third innings of work. Seven Indians relievers combined for three and two-thirds shutout innings behind Kluber.

The 86-69 Rays maintain a half-game lead over the Indians for the first AL Wild Card spot. The 86-70 Indians saw their lead over the Rangers grow to 1.5 games as Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam against Rangers reliever Joakim Soria.

The Rays will wrap up their series with the Orioles tomorrow afternoon before going on the road to finish the season against the Yankees and Blue Jays. The Indians will play the White Sox twice at home, then travel to Minnesota for four games before the end of the season.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Just looked at the standings, I still have hopes for a four way tie!

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Which 4? Both the Orioles and the Yankees are mostly dead. The Indians play bad teams.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        Yanks win out, including a sweep of the Rays. Rays go 2-2 in their other four games. Rangers go 4-3, KC goes 6-1. Fantastically unlikely, but that gets us to a four-way tie. Hell, if the O’s win out we get it five ways.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        There is always hope. How much time did you spend working out that scenario? It must have been fun to do.

      • Kevin S. - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        Not that much, actually. The math’s pretty simple at this point. I’m not even really holding out hope, just showing the way it would be theoretically possible. The Yanks have demonstrated no reason to think they can sweep a good team at home or a bad team on the road, let alone do both consecutively.

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