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Rays Beat Red Sox to Retake MLB Division Lead After Blown Call

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 2-1 with the help of a blown call at home plate to retake first place in the American League Eastern Division.

Rays starting pitcher David Price allowed one run and two hits over 7 1/3 innings last night at Boston’s Fenway Park to beat the Red Sox for the second time in six days.

With runners on second and third base with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Boston missed a chance to tie when pinch-runner Daniel Nava was ruled out at home plate on a sacrifice fly. Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected by home plate umpire Jerry Meals after arguing the call. Replays showed that Nava had slid in safely under the tag of Rays catcher Jose Molina and Meals said after the game he made a mistake.

The Rays improved their record to 63-43 with the win, moving a half-game over the Red Sox (63-44) atop Major League Baseball’s AL East.

The Texas Rangers halted a four-game losing skid with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels in which A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto hit ninth-inning home runs.

The Pittsburgh Pirates pulled within a half-game of the National League Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals as Francisco Liriano allowed one run over seven innings in a 9-2 victory. It was the Cardinals’ fourth straight loss.

The Atlanta Braves pushed their winning streak to four games by beating the Colorado Rockies 9-8 on a run-scoring, 10th-inning triple by Andrelton Simmons, and the New York Mets scored three runs in the seventh inning to beat the Miami Marlins 6-5.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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