Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As long as the last ember flickered in their fading bonfire of opportunity, the Red Sox planned to keep hope alive.

As long as they clung to a faint chance of catching the Yankees for the American League East title, they vowed to play as if they could achieve the unfathomable.

So they forged ahead last night even as the division race all but consumed them. While the Yankees swept a twinbill from the Twins in the Bronx, the Sox tried for a second ...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- He finished on his back, the loser of four straight starts in a season for the first time in a virtually bulletproof career.

Turns out the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who have vanquished him the last two times they have faced him, including last night's forgettable 9-4 effort, are Pedro Martinez's daddy, too.

"I wanted my game," Martinez said in what may have been his last regular-season start in a Red Sox uniform. "I really wanted to snap out of it...