The Tampa Bay Rays are quickly falling out of postseason contention in the AL.
Facing Boston's Daisuke Matsuzaka might help them get back on track for the moment.
The Rays look to avoid a season-high fifth straight loss while trying to halt their recent struggles against the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay (78-70) won six of eight to open September and looked to be in position to challenge for a wild-card berth and possibly the East Division title. Since then, they were swept in three games at Baltimore and lost two of three at New York before dropping the first two of this four-game set with Boston.
"I don't have anything brilliant to say," manager Joe Maddon. "We're just not playing well and we've got to figure it out relatively quick - not relatively quick, very quickly."
Ben Zobrist had two of his team's three hits and four RBIs, but the Rays could not hold an early 3-0 lead in Tuesday's 7-5 defeat. Tampa Bay has not dropped five in a row since open...