Price is Right: Rays defeat Rangers, advance to postseason
The Rays were victorious in Game 163 on Monday night and will face off against the Indians in Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game. But how did they pull off the win against the Rangers in Arlington? Here's a quick recap below.
Things started off well for Tampa Bay right off the bat. Delmon Young's bat, actually. The DH knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first to make the score 1-0. David Price followed that up with two scoreless innings and two exceptional pickoffs. This one had a nice assist from James Loney's foot:
Evan Longoria, who had already singled in his first at-bat, came up in the top of the third with a runner on. This time he didn't single. It was Longoria's seventh home run in a regular-season game finale, breaking Stan Musial's all-time record and putting his team up 3-0:
But in the bottom half of the inning, Alex Rios doubled in another Texas run:
This play was ruled a catch (but replays appeared to show Leonys Martin trapping the ball).
And Rangers fans were PUMPED:
Then David Price got down to business. The lefty retired the side in order in the seventh and halted a Texas rally in the eighth with some excellent glove-work:
Sam Fuld added another run in the ninth and Price stayed on to pitch his squad into October:
Chewbacca - or maybe Luke Scott -- congratulated Joe Maddon and David DeJesus:
Finally, it was time to party: