Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 5-4

As the night went deeper, and the zeros advanced across the scoreboard next to "BOSTON," it became increasingly difficult not to notice what was happening next to "NYY."

A seventh straight win by the Yankees, and a loss by the Red Sox in the rubber game of their series against the last-place Devil Rays, and New York would be in position to apply a python's squeeze on the Sox' lead in the American League East this weekend.

Instead, there was a frenzied Jonathan Papelb...