The Tampa Bay Rays played The Texas Rangers on October 4, 2011. The Rays ended their AL wild-card streak, losing 4-3.
The Tampa Bay Rays play the Texas Rangers for Game 2 in Texas! Final score: 6-8 (Texas)
The Rays beat the New York Yankees to clinch a playoff spot in the 2011 playoffs!
Just when you want to call the Rays the most miserable collection on offense, they do what they did Wednesday night.
Against Texas ace lefty Matt Harrison Tampa Bay busted out for six runs in the first two innings, then went on to an 8-4 victory to avoid a three-game sweep in Arlington.
Evan Longoria hit two home runs with B.J. Upton and Elliot Johnson also adding long balls.
Harrison had tossed a shutout in his last outing, and the Rays were coming off a blanking at the hands of Yu Darvish Tuesday, Tampa Bay's fourth straight loss. And yet on this night Tampa Bay was up 3-0 four batters in. Ben Zobrist drove in Desmond Jennings then Longoria's two-run blast was the highlight.
Then in the second inning Upton crushed a three-run homer to make it 6-0.
In between the Rangers put runners on the corners with one out but Alex Cobb escaped the jam. Cobb would not last the five innings required to record the win. Texas scratched back to within 6-4, getting a two-run homer from Mitch Moreland in the second and a Josh Hamilton solo shot in the fifth.
After the Hamilton homer Cobb was pulled with the tying run at the plate and two outs. Burke Badenhop got Michael Young to end the inning.
Elliott Johnson provided the final margin when he homered to lead off the sixth. Jake McGee,Kyle Farnsworth and Joel Peralta all navigated through the next three frames in 1-2-3 fashion.
Fernando Rodney came on in the non-save situation after Longoria's solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Harrison ended up being charged with seven runs on 12 hits and 5 1/3 innings. McGee was credited with the win.
It's off to Toronto next for the Rays