Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - David Price and Evan Longoria kept the Tampa Bay Rays' season alive Monday with exceptional performances in Game No. 163. Price went the distance for the fourth time this year and Longoria belted a deciding two-run homer to give the Rays a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in a one-game playoff to determine the AL's second wild card winner. The teams came in with identical 91-71 records after a roller coaster September and were playing for the right to play in Cleveland on Wednesday. Price (10-8), who came in sporting an ugly 10.26 ERA in four career starts in Arlington, made sure the Rays moved on by limiting the Rangers to two runs on seven hits. The ace struck out four, walked one and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced to finish off his gem. Longoria reached base in four of his five plate appearances, adding a walk, a single and a double to a home run that sent the Rays into the postseason for the fourth time in the past six years. The Rays have an off day Tuesday -- their first in three weeks -- before playing the Indians in a one-game playoff, with the winner set to play the Boston Red Sox in the division series. The Rangers, looking to reach the postseason for the fourth straight year, opted to start rookie Martin Perez opposite the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Perez (10-6) settled in after a slow start, but not before allowing three runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 5 1/3 innings. The Rays will face another rookie Wednesday in Danny Salazar, who started the year in Double-A but has a respectable 3.12 ERA in 10 outings for the Indians.
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