Price, Longoria lead Rays over Rangers in AL tiebreaker
ARLINGTON, Texas — Evan Longoria and David Price powered the Rays into the postseason with a 5-2 win over the Rangers in a tiebreaking game Monday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rays (92-71) move on to the American League wild-card game Wednesday night against the Indians in Cleveland.
Tampa Bay is in the playoffs for the fourth time in the past six years, the second time as a wild-card entrant.
The Rays also got a measure of revenge against Texas, which beat Tampa Bay in the AL Division Series in 2010 and '11.
The Rangers, bidding for a fourth straight postseason appearance, won seven consecutive regular-season games to force their way into the tiebreaker.
Going into the game, Longoria said the Rays “had something to prove in Texas,” referring to the previous postseason losses.
Longoria proved it with three hits, including a two-run homer, and two runs.
Price (10-8) also exorcised a few demons. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner threw a complete game to double his career win total against the Rangers.
He began the night 1-7 with a 6.62 ERA against Texas in the regular season and postseason combined.
The left-hander, who went the distance for the fifth time this season, allowed seven hits and one walk. He struck out four.
Texas rookie starter Martin Perez (10-6) gutted through 5 1⁄3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits before being replaced by Alexi Ogando.