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Wild for postseason: Rays dispatch Rangers, clinch second Wild Card

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Evan Longoria is congratulated by Desmond Jennings after hitting a two-run homer in the third inning.  Tampa Bay earned the second wild card with a 5-2 victory.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

He's been known as "Mr. Game 162.  You may have to add "Mr. Game 163" as well.

Evan Longoria homered and finished a triple shy of the cycle, and David Price threw a complete game as the Tampa Bay Rays not only ended the Rangers' seven-game winning streak, but also take the second wild card with a 5-2 win over Texas.

The Rays started by getting to Rangers starter Martin Perez in the first inning, tallying three hits and a walk, but only scoring once, as Desmond Jennings tried to stretch his leadoff single into a double unsuccessfully.  The run was scored by Wil Myers, who came home on a sacrifice fly by Delmon Young.

Tampa Bay extended their lead in the third, as Desmond Jennings drew a leadoff walk in front of Evan Longoria, who three batters later homered into right-center for a 3-0 lead.

The Rangers got a run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Ian Kinsler.

In the sixth, Longoria doubled with one out in the inning, and following a groundout by Young that moved him to third, pinch-hitter David DeJesus brought in Longoria with a double for a 4-1 lead.

Elvis Andrus cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, as he singled with one out, stole second base, and scored on a double by Alex Rios.

Tampa Bay got that insurance run back in the ninth, as Sam Fuld led off with a single, moved to second on a groundout by Myers.  Fuld then stole third base and when reliever Tyler Scheppers threw the baseball away, he trotted home to set the score.

Price (10-8) allowed just seven hits going the distance, walking one and striking out four.

Tampa Bay will now head to Cleveland for the American League Wild Card game on Wednesday night.  Pregame coverage will begin on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM starts at 7:00, with first pitch at 8:07.

 

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