Sam Fuld #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays steals third base against Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning during the American League Wild Card tiebreaker game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Team Tarmac has landed in the American League playoffs.
The hitting of Evan Longoria and pitching of David Price led the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night in the league's wild-card tiebreaker game. That sends the Rays to Cleveland to face the Indians in Wednesday night's wild-card game, that winner headed to the Division Series in Boston that will begin on Friday.
The Rays punched their ticket to the post-season by sweeping three games early last week at Yankee Stadium, salvaging the finale of a three-game weekend series at Toronto, then downing the Rangers.
If the Rays win in Cleveland and proceed to Boston, the club will log approximately 4,550 air miles since leaving Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg more than a week ago.
"We can recycle shirts; that's easy," Rays outfielder David DeJesus said before the game. "But underwear, we've gotta keep those clean."
Price (10-8) pitched a relatively clean ballgame, a far cry from his four previous appearances at Rangers Ballpark that produced an ERA of 10.26. He limited Texas to two runs on seven hits in nine innings. Price walked one (he came in averaging an AL-best 1.3 walks per nine innings) and picked off two runners in the first three innings.