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Rays fall into last place after blowing lead against Boston

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After all the games, after all the losses, the Tampa Bay Rays finally found themselves in a spot they don’t want to be.

Last place.

The Rays fell into the American League East cellar Monday night, losing an 8-7 game to the Boston Red Sox. It was the 54th one-run game of the season for the Rays, who are 25-29 in such games.

A grand slam by Xander Bogaerts off of Brandon Gomes in the eighth inning led Boston’s comeback. Jackie Bradley Jr. was hit by a pitch, and Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia singled to load the bases, all with two out, before Bogaerts went deep.

The Rays had taken a 3-0 lead just nine pitches into the game. But Rays’ starter Chris Archer fought his control, however, walking five and throwing two wild pitches. Boston rallied for a 4-3 lead, but again, the Rays came back to take a 6-4 lead on a bases-loaded double by Grady Sizemore. However, the Rays have had trouble staving off opponents lately.

Tampa Bay was officially eliminated from the AL East race as it fell to last place 150 games into the season. The Rays have not been in last place this deeply into a season since 2007.

Matt Moore pitches for the Rays tonight against Boston’s Henry Owens.

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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