7:10 PM ET, September 28, 2010
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Music blared, champagne flowed and a half-empty stadium rocked.The Tampa Bay Rays are back in the playoffs, and their complaints about a lack of fan support have been put on hold.The AL East title is still within reach. So is another trip to the World Series.
• The Rays are headed to the postseason for the second time in franchise history.
• David Price, who has never lost to the Orioles, picked up his 19th win and improved to 9-2 at home this season and 4-0 in his last six starts.
• Carlos Pena's homer for Tampa Bay was just his second of the month.
• The Rays are 29-12 at home since July 1, good for the second-best home record in baseball in that span.
• Orioles starter Brad Bergesen lost for the second time in his last seven decisions and fell to 0-4 for his career against the Rays.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Longoria, out of the lineup for the fifth consecutive game, remains day to day with a strained left quadriceps. ... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts was a late scratch because he's wasn't feeling well. He was replaced by Julio Lugo. ... Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, team president Andy MacPhail and major league scout Bruce Kison were among a group that looked at the renovations taking place at the Orioles' spring training complex in nearby Sarasota. Showalter called the changes "impressive."
Regular Season Series
|Tampa Bay leads 11-7 (as of Tue 9/28)|
|Tue 4/6||@TB 4, BAL 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/7||@TB 4, BAL 3||Recap|
|Thu 4/8||BAL 5, @TB 4||Recap|
|Mon 4/12||TB 5, @BAL 1||Recap|
|Tue 4/13||TB 8, @BAL 6||Recap|
|Wed 4/14||TB 9, @BAL 1||Recap|
|Mon 7/19||TB 8, @BAL 1||Recap|
|Tue 7/20||@BAL 11, TB 10||Recap|
|Wed 7/21||TB 5, @BAL 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/13||BAL 5, @TB 0||Recap|
|Sat 8/14||@TB 7, BAL 3||Recap|
|Sun 8/15||@TB 3, BAL 2||Recap|
|Fri 9/3||TB 4, @BAL 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/4||@BAL 8, TB 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/5||@BAL 8, TB 7||Recap|
|Mon 9/27||BAL 4, @TB 0||Recap|
|» Tue 9/28||@TB 5, BAL 0||Box Score|
|Wed 9/29||BAL 2, @TB 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Orioles | Rays|
|2nd||B Upton singled to center, M Joyce scored, C Pena to second.||0||1|
|3rd||D Johnson doubled to deep right, C Crawford scored.||0||2|
|4th||C Pena homered to right center (430 feet).||0||3|
|5th||B Zobrist hit sacrifice fly to center, J Jaso scored.||0||4|
|5th||C Crawford homered to right (409 feet).||0||5|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||17,891 (52.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Joe West, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mike Everitt|
How Rays starter David Price beat the Orioles to clinch a playoff spot: Tied a season high 22 outs with the fastball by throwing strikes with the pitch. Price threw 65 strikes including 8 for strikeouts...Mixed in 26 off-speed pitches, and the Orioles went 0-2. Although Price relies heavily on the fastball (74.2 percent of pitches), opponents are hitting .224 on off speed pitches this season (.167 in September)...Orioles were 0-6 with RISP, leading to Price's 3rd shutout of the season.
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