Martinez lifts Boston 9-4; Rays pitch position player down 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Boston Red Sox are creeping into playoff contention, and the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t have the pitching depth to give them a full fight Monday night.

The defending World Series champions pulled within a game of Tampa Bay for third place in the AL wild card standings with a 9-4 victory over the Rays, who finished with a position player on the mound despite trailing by only five runs entering the ninth inning.

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