The Boston Red Sox couldn't complete a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, but they finished another road trip better off than when they started.
''You try and win every series. That's the No. 1 goal, and we lost tonight but we took a good two out of three,'' said Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit his 12th home run in a 4-3 loss Thursday night. ''So we'll go home against New York and worry about Game 1, and see what happens after that.''
Wil Myers hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning for the Rays, but a 5-2 road trip left the Red Sox with an 89-59 record and a commanding 8 1/2-game lead in the AL East.
''We would have signed up for it before we left Boston, for sure,'' said manager John Farrell. ''We continue to play a very good brand of baseball. We played a very good series. We're looking forward to getting back home in front of our crowd.''
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