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
Evan Longoria drove in a pair of runs, and Luke Scott hit a solo homer in his first game back from injury, but it wasn't enough, as Minnesota used a two-run tenth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Monday night in Port Charlotte.
Longoria got the Rays off to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as his double off Vance Worley drove in Desmond Jennings, who doubled to lead off the inning.
The Twins took their first lead thanks to a pair of runs in the top of the second off Roberto Hernandez, but Scott's second homer of the spring brought the game level in the bottom of the inning.
A sacrifice fly by Darin Mastroianni broke the tie in the top of the fourth inning, but Longoria's second double in the fifth scored James Loney to knot the contest again.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth, when Jason Bourgeois reached on an infield single, stole both second and third base, and scored on a single by Brandon Guyer. The Rays' lead was short lived, as back-to-back triples by Joe Benson and Eric Fryer off J.D. Martin to start the ninth brought Minnesota back even again, though Martin was able to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Minnesota took the lead for good in the tenth as Clete Thomas doubled down the right-field line off Martin to start the inning, then Ray Olmedo tripled to right to break the tie for good. Mark Sobolewski then lifted a sacrifice fly off Kirby Yates to set the score.
Tampa Bay did get the tying run to the plate with one out, but Stephen Vogt and Cole Figueroa each struck out to end the rally.
Tampa Bay will welcome in the New York Yankees to Port Charlotte for the only time Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is at 1:05.