Boston Red Sox third base coach Carlos Febles, left, congratulates pinch hitter Christian Vazquez after his solo home run off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Colin Poche during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius) RED SOX 5, RAYS 4 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s taken nearly four months, but the Boston Red Sox are back in second place in the AL East. Christian Vazquez hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Marcus Walden bailed the defending World Series champions out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, and the Red Sox held off the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Tuesday night to climb into second for the first time since the second day of the season. The Red Sox, who have recovered from a 3-8 start, improved to a season-high 10 games over .500 at 56-46, moving one percentage point ahead of the Rays (57-47), who have lost seven of eight. “It seems like it’s been an eternity to get to 10, but we know where we’re at now,” Manager Alex Cora said. “It seemed early in the season that those guys were way ahead of us,”… Read full this story
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