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!
by Steve Carney
After a pair of games with no offense, the Tampa Bay bats came alive for 13 runs and 15 hits to give Chris Archer his first Major League win, beating Boston 13-3.
Boston got to Archer early, as Pedro Ciriaco singled to start the game, stole second base, and scored on a soft single by Jacoby Ellsbury for a 1-0 lead.
Tampa Bay evened the contest in the second when Daisuke Matsuzaka loaded the bases with no one out, and walked Matt Joyce to force in a run. However, the Rays couldn't break the tie, as Carlos Pena struck out and Jose Molina grounded into a double play to keep it 1-1.
The Red Sox added a pair in the top of the third, as Jose Iglesias walked to start the frame. Ciriaco singled him up a base, and Ellsbury brought in the Boston shortstop with a single of his own, moving Ciriaco to third. Dustin Pedroia grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in Ciriaco to make it 3-1.
Archer settled down after that, gritting through five innings to earn his first big-league win.
The Rays got a run back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Ben Zobrist, and took the lead for good an inning later thanks to a solo homer by Jeff Keppinger and a two-run blast by Pena.
Tampa Bay poured it on in the sixth, sending 12 players up to bat and scoring seven runs, keyed by Jennings' two-run triple.
An RBI single in the eighth by Joyce scored Luke Scott to set the score.
Tampa Bay can salvage a split of the four-game with a win in Thursday's finale, as David Price takes on Clay Buchholz. Coverage on 620 WDAE starts at 7:00.