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Reuters, Published September 30 2013

Rays eliminate Rangers in one-game playoff for wild-card berth

ARLINGTON, Texas – The visiting Tampa Bay Rays claimed the last berth in Major League Baseball’s postseason by beating the Texas Rangers 5-2 in a wild-card tiebreaker on Monday.

Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria went 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a two-run home run in the third inning to support reigning Cy Young winner David Price, who hurled a complete game seven-hitter for the win.

Victory in the tiebreaker, which was needed after the two teams finished the regular season with 91-71 records, gave the Rays the American League’s second wild card berth.

They will face the Cleveland Indians in a one-off game on Wednesday, with the winner to play a best-of-5 Division Series against the Boston Red Sox.

There was a measure of revenge for the Rays, who were eliminated by Texas in the Division Series in their last two playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011.

Tampa Bay Texas

ab r h bi ab r h bi

DJnngs cf 3 1 1 0 Kinsler 2b 4 0 2 1

Fuld cf-rf 1 1 1 0 Andrus ss 3 1 1 0

WMyrs rf 3 1 0 0 Rios rf 4 0 1 1

Kiermr cf 0 0 0 0 ABeltre 3b 4 0 1 0

Zobrist 2b 5 0 1 0 Przyns c 4 0 0 0

Longori 3b 4 2 3 2 N.Cruz dh 4 0 0 0

DYong dh 3 0 0 1 Morlnd 1b 3 0 1 0

SRdrgz lf 2 0 0 0 Gentry lf 3 1 1 0

DeJess ph-lf 2 0 1 1 LMartn cf 3 0 0 0

Loney 1b 3 0 0 0

YEscor ss 2 0 0 0

JMolin c 4 0 0 0

Totals 32 5 7 4 Totals 32 2 7 2

Tampa Bay 102 001 001— 5

Texas 001 001 000— 2

E—Scheppers (2). LOB—Tampa Bay 8, Texas 4. 2B—Longoria (39), DeJesus (10), Kinsler (31), Rios (33), A.Beltre (32). HR—Longoria (32). SB—Fuld (8), Andrus (42). CS—Kinsler (11). SF—D.Young.

IP H R ER BB SO

Tampa Bay

Price W,10-8 9 7 2 2 1 4

Texas

M.Perez L,10-6 5Zc 4 3 3 2 5

Ogando Xc 2 1 1 2 0

Frasor Xc 0 0 0 2 0

Soria Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Cotts 1 0 0 0 1 1

Scheppers 1 1 1 0 0 2

T—3:08. A—42,796 (48,114).