Souza sizzles as Rays reclaim share of 1st place

The Tampa Bay Rays pulled back into a tie for first place in the AL East.

Okay, okay. So the Rays only have a 26-25 record, and it has taken two straight wins (and a 3-0 victory by Oakland over the New York Yankees). But in a weak division, that’s good enough for a two-game lead over Baltimore, a 3 ½-game lead over Toronto and a four-game lead over Boston.

The Rays were powered by rookie Steven Souza Jr., who hit his 10th homer of the season and his third in three days. Joey Butler had four hits, two of them doubles, in five at-bats.

Rays’ pitcher Jake Odorizzi won his first game in his last five starts for the Rays despite having a 2.45 era over his last four starts.

Former Ray Delmon Young hit two home runs for the Orioles.

The Rays now travel to Anaheim to face the Angels in a three-game series. Alex Colome (3-1) will pitch tonight.

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