Upton Keeps Hope Alive In 7-4 Win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — B.J. Upton hit a game-ending, three-run homer off Vicente Padilla, capping Tampa Bay’s six-run ninth inning and lifting the Rays to a sorely needed 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay salvaged a split of the four-game series and remained 5½ games back of Oakland for the second AL wild-card slot. The Rays (80-70) have 12 games left on their schedule.

Andrew Bailey (1-1) gave up four hits and a walk before Padilla came in to face Upton, who drove a 2-1 pitch over the wall in center for his 24th homer.

Burke Badenhop (2-2) got the win.

Source: Associated Press

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