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TON -- The Rays are doing their best not to rely on outside assistance to make the playoffs.
Tampa Bay won its sixth straight Tuesday, a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox, and carry the Majors' longest win streak into play Wednesday.
"Probably [will] need a little bit of help," said ace David Price, who won his 19th game with a complete game, "but if we can continue to play the way we've been playing the last six or seven games, we can do something."
The Rays (84-70) remain three games out of an American League Wild Card spot, with the Angels the only other team between them and the two current leaders, the Orioles (88-67) and Oakland (87-67). The O's lost to Toronto on Tuesday, 4-0, while the A's won, 3-2, in 10 innings over Texas.
Baltimore has lost two in a row.
The Rays also have a slim shot at an AL East title. They're five games behind the Yankees (89-65), who fell to the Twins, 5-4. Tampa Bay's elimination number in the division -- the combined number of wins for the Yankees and losses for the Rays to be knocked out from the AL East race -- is four.
To calculate a team's magic number, take the number of games it has remaining and add one. Then subtract the difference in the number of losses between that team and its closest pursuer.
A tiebreaker game will be played to determine a division winner, even if the tied clubs are assured of participating in the postseason. If a division championship tiebreaker is necessary, the head-to-head record between the clubs will determine home-field advantage. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.
If two clubs are tied for the two Wild Card berths, home-field advantage will be determined by the head-to-head record between the clubs. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.