Leading off: Scuffling Boston hosts Toronto

Game of the day: Toronto at Boston, 7:10 p.m. While the Red Sox rested on Monday, the surging Rays pulled closer in the American League wild-card race with a win in Baltimore. Boston — which has lost five in a row and nine of their past 11 — now leads Tampa Bay by three games with 16 contests left for both squads. The Blue Jays come to Fenway Park to start a two-game set on Wednesday, and the Red Sox — who host the Rays for four games after that — turn to knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (6-6) to stop the slide. The veteran makes his eighth attempt at earning his 200th career victory. He’s allowed at least four runs in his past five starts. Toronto right-hander Brandon Morrow (9-10) has lost three of his past four starts and earned a no-decision his last time out, when he gave up eight runs in less than five innings against Boston.

Other game to watch:Cleveland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. The Rangers, who continue to hold off the Angels in the AL West, begin a series on Tuesday against the sliding Indians. Texas left-hander Matt Harrison (11-9) struggled in August, but he started September strong by beating the Red Sox last week. With a 3.01 ERA in more than 200 innings, right-hander Justin Masterson (11-9) has been the Indians’ best hurler for much of the season, but he has just one quality start in his past four outings.

Games you should have seen

Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 5: The Pirates cooled off the Cardinals, plating three runs in the bottom of the eighth for the comeback win. Ryan Doumit and Pedro Ciriaco hit run-scoring doubles in the Pittsburgh rally, and Joel Hanrahan worked through trouble in the ninth to hold on for his 37th save of the season.

Florida 5, Atlanta 4 (12 innings): Mike Stanton’s pinch hit-single off reliever Cristhian Martinez brought home the game-winning run in the top of the 12th. Clay Hensley pitched a pair of scoreless innings of relief to earn the win and Leo Nunez locked down his 35th save.

Star of the day: Astros right-hander Brett Myers allowed one run on six hits in eight innings to help the team with the league’s worst record beat the National League East-leading Phillies, 5-1. Myers, who spent his first eight seasons in Philadelphia, outdueled former Astro Roy Oswalt to improve to 2-0 in three career starts against his former team.

Stat you should know: 9 The number of consecutive plate appearances Rays outfielder B.J. Upton reached base to establish a new team record before an eighth inning strikeout in Monday’s 5-2 win against Baltimore. Upton — who tied a then-team record by reaching eight straight trips to the plate in May 2008 — went 4 for 4 with a walk in Sunday’s win against Boston before reaching base in his first four appearances on Monday.

Chatter: “I would like to just get it solidified so when next year comes around, whether it’s the 11th or 12th, it’s not an issue anymore.”Mets catcher Josh Thole on supporting a policy that would allow his team to wear emergency service-department caps during games on Sept. 11 every year. Thole reached out to the players’ association a day after the Mets were not allowed to wear the hats on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

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