but Rays lose 5th straight. Shields gave up 5 early and the Rays offense never really got going. The division was a long shot at the beginning of the month, but at 5 games back the wild card is the new long shot. Not to be a pessimist, but when you're 5 out in mid-August things are uphill.
Oh, well. An older cousin of mine is a Pirates fan from the 70's, so that poor guy hasn't had anything to cheer about in 18 years. I think he's just started to prefer hockey.