Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mistakes are harder to erase for the Red Sox these days.

The occasional bobbled ground ball or rough pitching performance cannot be compensated for by a flurry of hits and runs, which was so often the case in May and June.

That margin for error methodically disappeared into the thinnest of lines with every player who landed on the disabled list. Now the Red Sox are on a tightrope, and last night against the Tampa Bay Rays, they tumbled again.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon preaches that no single game or series is any more significant than another, yet there are always exceptions -- such as sweeping AL East rival Boston while the Red Sox are weathering a slew of injuries.

"They're wounded right now and you really do want to be able to take advantage of that moment, obviously. From their perspective, to do that to us at this time would have bolstered them," Maddon said Wednesday night after...