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    ST. Chris Boswell Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox finish the season with 22 of their remaining 38 games on the road, but nights like Mondays 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays -- giving the Red Sox the second-best road record in the American League at 32-27 -- provides them with confidence down the stretch.Weve embraced it, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. So much has been made that were going to have such a tough road, and dont get me wrong, we have a tough road ahead of us, regardless of where were playing. But the fact that our guys have let it roll off their back. Theyve bonded even closer together as we get deeper into the season.Tuesday nights game at Tropicana Field pits two starting pitchers at opposite ends of the spectrum. Bostons Clay Buchholz has a career 2.63 ERA in 20 starts against the Rays, second best of any pitcher with 10 or more starts.For all that success, hes just 8-7 during his career against the Rays, and hasnt faced them since May 2015, when he gave up nine hits and five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. He has struggled this season with a 4-9 record and a 5.42 ERA.Thats stellar compared with Rays starter Chris Archer, who has a major-league leading 16 losses this year and is facing a historic stretch of losing against the Red Sox.Archer is 1-9 in his career with a 5.82 ERA against Boston, having lost nine straight decisions, the longest stretch for any pitcher since Mike Moore lost 10 straight from 1987 to 1992. Archer is worse this season, with an 0-3 record and an 8.10 ERA in three starts.The Rays will need him to last deeper into the game than Monday starter Blake Snell, who survived only 3 2/3 innings, setting up a bullpen that gave up four runs and five hits, tasked with getting five-plus innings against a tough Boston lineup.We fell behind early, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Blake just struggled to find the zone and it drove his pitch count up. He did some good things getting ahead of hitters, but it seemed like there were too many bullets wasted, leading to too many walks (five). When you walk this team eight (total) times, youre going to make it difficult to win a ballgame because theyre so deep offensively.Farrell said Bostons strong play, especially on the road, has started with excellent pitching, like David Prices eight shutout innings on Monday and what he hopes is a solid outing now from Buchholz against a team he has a history of strong pitching for a full decade.More importantly, its the way weve pitched, bar none, Farrell said. Weve been in a good run for a solid month, and thats whats allowed us to extend any kind of streaks. Ben Roethlisberger Jersey . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. . PAUL, Minn. ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs had their chances, but just couldnt get the big hit.The Cubs stranded 10 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the second and fourth innings, as the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 4-2 win Tuesday night, ensuring that the runaway Cubs wont clinch the NL Central at Busch Stadium.Chicagos magic number is three, and the series in St. Louis wraps up Wednesday.We put together some really good at bats tonight, Chicago shortstop Addison Russell said. Its just youve got to give credit to their pitchers, too. They kept us off balance it seemed like, and made the plays.St. Louis remained a half-game behind the New York Mets for the second NL wild-card spot.Cardinals reliever Alex Reyes lack of control led to most of the Cubs chances. Reyes (2-1), who pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief after Jaime Garcia failed to get out of the second, walked six and allowed a hit but still managed to keep the Cubs off the board.The fastball command wasnt there, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. We were out of the zone. We had every opportunity had we been a little more patient.Cubs starter Jason Hammel (14-9) struck out a season-high nine, but gave up two-run homers to Brandon Moss in the sixth and Aledmys Diaz in the second.The pitch to Diaz was a fastball that came back over the plate, Hammel said. The pitch to Moss I went back and looked at it and I felt I made my pitch and it just left the yard. Ive got to figure out how to keep it on the ground.Dexter Fowler led off the game with a home run against Garcia. It was his seventh leadoff homer of the season.Im seeing the ball well, Fowler said. Control what you can control and other than that youve got to keep pushing.Garcia lasted just 1 2//3 innings in the shortest outing in his 146-start career. Jordan Berry Jersey. He gave up two runs on three hits, including an RBI double by Russell in the second.I let my team down, Garcia said. Ive been through tough times before. All I can say is Im going to continue to do whats in my control to continue to fight.Moss entered the game mired in a 1-for-41 skid. He singled in the second and scored on Diazs 15th homer of the season.It was a bad rut, but he pulled himself through, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.Diaz started for the first time since July 31, when the All-Star shortstop broke his thumb.Kevin Siegrist got his second save.The loss means the earliest the Cubs can clinch their first National League Central Division championship since 2008 would be Thursday against Milwaukee at Wrigley Field.Its going to happen, Fowler said. Its just a matter of when.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: INF Matt Carpenter was in the starting lineup after leaving Mondays game with back tightness. ... RHP Trevor Rosenthal threw batting practice. He has missed 46 games with shoulder inflammation. ... RHP Michael Wacha is expected to be activated off the disabled list tomorrow and could be headed to the bullpen. He has been out since Aug. 9 with shoulder inflammation.UP NEXTCubs LHP Jon Lester (16-4, 2.51) takes on RHP Carlos Martinez (14-7, 3.05) in the final game of the three-game set. Lester has allowed one run or less in each of his last five starts. He is 6-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his previous eight starts. Martinez is 6-3 in 11 day starts this season. He has induced an NL-leading 32 double plays. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
      March 17, 2018 3:13 AM MDT