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
Both Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi had scoreless outings, and Wil Myers notched his first hit as a member of the Rays, as Tampa Bay defeated the Minnesota Twins 10-7 in ten innings Sunday.
Archer started the contest, throwing 21 pitches in the first inning, his only frame of work, walking one and striking out one, while Odorizzi took the second inning, allowing just a walk in his frame of work.
Tampa Bay got on the board first in the second inning, as Jason Bourgeois drew a two-out walk, stole second base, and score on a double by Mike Fontenot.
Minnesota countered in their half of the third inning, as Juan Sandoval gave up a leadoff double to Pedro Florimon, who moved to third base on a groundout by Aaron Hicks and scored on a double by Jamey Carroll.
Minnesota took the lead in the fifth as Frank De Los Santos allowed a leadoff single to Florimon. The shortstop moved up to second base on a groundout by Hicks, and scored on a single by Eddie Rosario.
Tampa Bay regained the lead in the sixth. Chris Gimenez singled to start the rally with one out. Wil Myers followed with his first hit of the spring, and opposite-field double to put runners at second and third base. Bourgeois beat out an infield single to bring in Gimenez with the tying run, and Mike Fontenot's single to center plated Myers with the go-ahead tally.
A fielding error by Justin Morneau on a ground ball by Tim Beckham allowed Bourgeois to come around and make it a 4-2 game.
Leslie Anderson added some more insurance in the ninth with a two-run single, and Myers lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 7-2.
Minnesota came all the way back in the bottom of the ninth, scoring five runs off Jimmy Patterson before Jim Paduch was able to staunch the bleeding.
The tie didn't last long, as Leslie Anderson laced an RBI single in the top of the tenth, and Marc Thomas followed with a two-run homer to set the score.
Tampa Bay will have their next two games at Charlotte Sports Park, starting with Monday's matchup against the Boston Red Sox. Alex Cobb will start for the Rays against Alfredo Aceves. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.