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Jose Lobaton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning into the giant fish tank beyond the center-field wall, and Tampa Bay staved off elimination once again by beating the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday night.
One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first.
Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night.
Machado's leg buckled when he reached the first-base bag in the seventh inning of Monday's game at Tampa Bay. He was in obvious pain while being treated on the infield dirt near first by team trainers and stadium medical officials.
The Boston Red Sox returned to their clubhouse Saturday to find empty lockers where Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford stored their gear before they packed for Los Angeles in a trade that dismantled the underperforming ballclub and gave it a chance to rebuild without their hefty contracts.