ARLINGTON, Texas – David Price, Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are going to playoffs again, getting there with a win in their final regular-season game for the second time in 3 years.
They needed an extra game this time.
Price threw his fourth complete game of the season, Longoria had a two-run homer, and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the AL wild-card tiebreaker Monday night, the 163rd game for both teams.
The Rays face another must-win situation Wednesday night at Cleveland in the AL wild-card game; the winner faces Boston in the division series. Tampa Bay, in the playoffs for the fourth time in 6 years, won four of six from the Indians during the regular season.
Price (10-8), the reigning AL Cy Young winner, had a 10.26 ERA in four previous starts in Arlington. He was superb in this one, striking out four and walking one. He picked off two runners while allowing seven hits and throwing 81 of 118 pitches for strikes.
Texas had won seven in a row, needing every one just to force the majors’ first tiebreaker since 2007.