It took an extra game to get the job done, but David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the postseason. Price went the distance, as the Rays picked up a 5-2 win in Arlington to end the season for the Texas Rangers.
Texas had to force the one-game tiebreaker after winning seven straight to close the regular season. But it wouldn't be enough, as Tampa jumped on them early. After Evan Longoria loaded the bases with a single in the top of the first, Delmon Young hit a sac fly to center that scored Wil Myers for the first run of the game. Then in the top of third, struck again with a two-run homer (32) to put the Rays up 3-0 early.
In the bottom of the third, the Rangers would get a little help from Ian Kinsler. With Craig Gentry on second, Kinsler sent a soft single into right to send him to the plate. They would plate another run in the sixth, as Alex Rios hit an RBI double. But unfortunately that would end the scoring offense and the season for the Rangers.
David Price was the story of the night, going the distance and picking up his 10th win of the year. He was credited with both Texas runs on seven hits while striking out four batters. Rangers starter Martin Perez picks up the loss, being chased from the game after 5 and 1/3 innings of work. He gave up three runs on four hits, but did get five strikeouts.
For Tampa Bay, the end the year with 92 wins on what ended up being a 163-game season. They are headed to the postseason for the fourth time in six years. Texas see its streak of three consecutive trips to the playoffs come to an end.
The Rays will now look ahead to another one-game matchup, this time in the AL Wild Card game against the Cleveland Indians. That game takes place on Wednesday night at Progressive Field, and TBS will have the first pitch at approximately 8:07 P.M. Eastern.