19 Sep 2011

Rays gain on slumping Red Sox, Brewers move forward

12:36 pm on 19 September 2011

The red-hot Tampa Bay Rays improved their Major League Baseball playoff hopes by moving to within two games of rival Boston for the American League wild card spot with a 8-5 win over the slumping Red Sox.

The Rays (85-67), who trailed Boston (87-65) by nine games as recently as two weeks ago, have won seven of their last 10 to close the gap. Each team has 10 games remaining.

In Toronto, the New York Yankees fell 3-0 to the Blue Jays, missing an opportunity to extend their four-game lead in the AL East and denying Mariano Rivera a shot at setting MLB's career saves record.

In the National League, the Milwaukee Brewers inched closer to clinching the Central division by capping a three-game sweep of Cincinnati Reds 8-1.

The Brewers have a seven-game lead over St. Louis with the Cardinals set to play the Philadelphia Phillies.