ARLINGTON, Texas — Did baseball’s Little Engine That Could motor its way into a loss?
For the third time this month, the Rays stand one loss away from elimination. The previous two times, first against the Yankees then against the Astros, they fought their way off the cliff’s edge and advanced deeper into the postseason.
This time, 4-2 losers to the Dodgers on Sunday night in World Series Game 5 at Globe Life Field, the Rays must win two before they lose one. And if that doesn’t happen, they must contemplate how this one blew up when one of the sport’s most aggressive maneuvers didn’t pay off.
Would’ve been a hell of a story if Manuel Margot’s attempted steal of home in the fourth inning had worked, right?
“I think we try to do things and make decisions and allow them to be athletic,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “If Manny felt that he had a read on it for whatever reason, it’s tough for me to say yes or no because he’s a talented base runner. He may be seeing something I’m not in the moment there and trying to pick his team up.”
After closing their deficit to 3-2 with a two-run third, the…