Defending champ Red Sox eliminated, lose to Rays 5-4

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Defending champ Red Sox eliminated, lose to Rays 5-4
Defending champ Red Sox eliminated, lose to Rays 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It's official: There will be no repeat in Boston. The World Series champion Red Sox were mathematically eliminated in the late innings, then lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Friday night when Willy Adames had an RBI single in the 11th. A year after going 108-54 to win their third straight AL East title, the Red Sox (80-73) were knocked out during the ninth inning when Cleveland beat Philadelphia, around the time Mitch Moreland hit his second two-run homer. Boston lost eight of its opening 10 games and 13 of its first 19, then struggled to recover. After moving into second place on July 27 at 59-47, the Red Sox skidded to a season-worst eight-game losing streak. "We were

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