Myers, Rays avoid sweep against Boston
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Wil Myers stroked a go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Tampa Bay Rays avoid a three- game sweep at the hands of the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox with a 4-3 triumph on Thursday at Tropicana Field.
After Drake Britton retired James Loney to start the eighth, Rubby De La Rosa (0-1) took over on the mound and served up a ground-rule double to Evan Longoria.
De La Rosa bounced back by popping out Matt Joyce, but Myers came through with a double that hit chalk down the right-field line, allowing Longoria to score easily for the deciding run.
Jake McGee (5-3) spun a perfect eighth to pick up the win, while Fernando Rodney stranded the potential tying run on second in the ninth to secure his 34th save of the season.
Myers finished with two RBI and Desmond Jennings added a solo homer for the Rays, who had lost five of their last six games coming into the contest.
Tampa Bay now owns a 1 1/2-game lead over the New York Yankees for the final Wild Card spot in the AL. The Yankees are currently in action in Baltimore.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ortiz each hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who still hold a comfortable 8 1/2-game lead over the Rays atop the AL East.
09/12 22:37:59 ET