ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- By the end, little was new here. Only more frustration, more blown chances, more reasons to wonder.
Oh sure, the Tampa Bay Rays teased Wednesday. They turned a two-run deficit after six innings into a tie by the end of the eighth. They fought. They forced extra innings.
By the end, though, little had changed. Another loss. More questions about where this team will go.
Boston Red Sox 7, Rays 3 in 10 innings.
"It just slipped out of our hands," Rays right-hander Alex Cobb said.
This one was rough, elbow-to the-gut bad. Mike Carp smacked a 410-foot grand slam to center field off reliever Roberto Hernandez in the 10th, and Tropicana Field turned into Fenway Park South. Fans streamed into the aisles. A "Let's go, Red Sox!" lifted into air.
The Rays' postseason outlook took another hit.
The threats are plenty now. The New York Yankees are one game back of the second wild-card spot. The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians 1.5 games each. The Kansas City R...