Found September 17, 2012 on
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Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in three runs, Aaron Cook stopped his five-game losing streak and the Boston Red Sox beat the sliding Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Monday night.
Tampa Bay, coming off a 1-5 road trip to Baltimore and New York, fell 5 games behind the AL East-leading Yankees. The Rays started play four games back of the Orioles -- who were at Seattle later Monday night -- for the second AL wild-card spot.
Ellsbury hit a two-run homer in the sixth and added an RBI single during a three-run seventh for the Red Sox, who were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday. Cook (4-10) allowed one run and five hits over six innings in his first win since Aug. 6.
Rays slugger Evan Longoria was out of the starting lineup because of what manager Joe Maddon called heavy legs. Maddon expects the third baseman, who missed 85 games earlier this season due to a partially torn left hamstring, to be back in the lineup Tuesday.
Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb (9-9) ...
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