As the Tampa Bay Rays continue to make a push toward the postseason, the Chicago White Sox try to prevent their playoff hopes from slipping further away.
The visiting Rays look to extend their season-high winning streak to nine games when they continue their four-game set with the reeling White Sox on Friday night.
Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth and three relievers held Chicago to two hits over 2 2-3 scoreless innings in Tampa Bay's 3-2 win Thursday. After losing seven of eight, the Rays (86-70) have won eight in a row to move within two games of Oakland for the AL's final wild-card spot.
"The belief has never gone away. We've felt like we had a good chance to be a playoff team from the beginning of the year," Longoria said. "The pressure is not on us playing from behind. It's not ours to lose, it's ours to win. We're behind, but we're close enough."
While Tampa Bay is in the midst of its longest winning stretch since a 12-game run June 9-22, 2004, Chicago...