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Boston shows Tampa Bay why it still matters in AL East

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Some nights, it isn’t hard to see the difference between the haves and the have-nots.

Yeah, that’s the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, for you who struggle with metaphors.

The Red Sox started pitcher Rick Porcello, who now leads the American League with 18 wins. He allowed only three runs in a 9-4 victory.

The Rays started pitcher Matt Andriese, who lost his sixth decision in his winless 13-game streak. He lasted only four innings and gave up 10 hits and seven runs.

The Red Sox got a home run and a double out of Mookie Betts. He became the third hitter (with Ted Williams and Tony Conigliaro) to have 30 home runs in a season before he reached the age of 24.

The Rays didn’t have a home run. Their record when they don’t hit one fell to 8-28. They are now 55-75 on the season.

Brock Holt and Travis Shaw each had three hits for Boston. Betts, Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon each had two.

For the Rays, Logan Forsythe, Nick Franklin, Corey Dickerson and Bobby Wilson had two.

The teams play again tonight when Jake Odorizzi pitches against Drew Pomeranz.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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