Rookies Oscar Gonzalez and Stephen Kwan hit runs in the eighth inning for the Cleveland Guardians as the Tampa Bay Rays won 2-1 on Thursday to secure one of three AL wildcard slots prevented.
Having already won the Central Division, Cleveland won 2 of 3 games in a tight series that could have made the playoffs. Two games went into overtime, and all three games ended with a difference of one point.
Hours after Baltimore lost to Boston, the Rays took to the field knowing that a win would secure them a fourth straight postseason appearance. However, it was no match for some Guardians who were able to return during the campaign.RELATED
Tampa Bay had a chance in the ninth, loading the bases with three walks by Trevor Stephens. However, Choi Ji-man struck out, Isaac Paredes lobbed to right field, and Stefan earned his third save.
The Rays go to Houston to secure a playoff spot.
Cleveland had 37 comeback wins and broke a franchise record with 29 wins in his last at-bat. Enyel de los Santos (1-0) swept his eighth-place finish, and Cleveland made him 20-4 since September 4th.
The defeat went to Sean Armstrong (2-3).
For the Rays, Mexico’s Jonathan Aranda 4-0 and Paredes 4-0. Cuba’s Randy Arrozarena 4-0. Dominica’s Wonder Franco 3-2, Manuel Margo 3-0 and Francisco Mejia 3-0. Harold Ramirez of Colombia 3-0. Venezuela’s David Peralta 3-2.
For the Indians, Dominica’s Amed Rosario 4-1, Jose Ramirez 3-0 and Gonzalez 4-1 have hit. Venezuela’s Andrés Jimenez 4-1, Gabriel Arias 3-0.
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