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Pena's homer keeps Rays close in wild-card race

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Carlos Pena admits he has not lived up to expectations this season, primarily his own.

However, he made a large contribution Wednesday, hitting a two-run, go-ahead homer that led to the Tampa Bay Rays' 4-2 win over the Red Sox in Boston.

The Rays remain three games behind the Oakland A's in the race for the second AL wild card. The Los Angeles Angels are also a game in front of Tampa Bay.

Pena said it's very difficult "when we don't live up to our own expectations, which I haven't. ... It's time I have to let it go and really show up for my team."

The homer was Pena's 19th, and the RBI his 58th and 59th, with a recent hot streak he has his average back above .200 for the first time since early July.

"He's been there before, he knows what it feels like," manager Joe Maddon said. "He understands to a certain extent he's underachieved this year offensively. He knows that, We've talked about that. All he wants to do is help us win. That's what he told me. He doesn't care what it is."

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