In the 9th inning, Papelbon gave up a ground rule to Nolan Reimold to tie the game. Robert Andino then hit a line drive to left, where left fielder Carl Crawford charged, trapped and then dropped the ball allowing Reimold to score the winning run. While the Orioles did not have much to play for, it had to be a good feeling to crush the play off hopes a division power house.
The Red Sox left the field immediately and soon after entering the club house; their last playoff hopes being a win by the Yankees. The Red Sox fans found them in probably the worst position ever, they had to root for their division rivals in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Within about 5 minutes of entering the locker room, the Rays capped an epic comeback (both in the standings and in the game down 7-0 in the 8th) with a solo home run by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the 12th to propel them to the win and the playoffs.
Boston began September up 9 games on the Rays for the Wild Card. After a dismal record for the month of 7-20, the Rays edged out the Red Sox for the WC by one game.
The Braves began September with an 8 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card. After loosing to the Phillies 4-3 in 13 innings last night, coupled with a blow out win by the Cardinals over Houston, the Braves lost the edge.
Now the Rays will head to Texas to face the Rangers in the ALDS on Friday at 5:07. The Cardinals will head to Philadelphia to play the Phillies in the NLDS starting Saturday.