The Rays defeated the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Monday night, despite all of the odds against them.
In Game 162, they had to fight to hold onto a 7-0 lead to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6. With the win, they finished tied with the Rangers to necessitate the one-game playoff.
In order to make it to the tiebreaker game, the Rays had to fly from Toronto to Texas for the play-in game. That meant that pitcher David Price was not able to travel a day early like most starting pitchers do.
No rest, no problem.
Price went out and looked like a Cy Young winning pitcher, finishing with a complete game. He only allowed two earned runs on seven hits en route to his 10th win of the season.
To help his own cause, Price made an incredible defensive play in the eighth inning.
GIF: DAVID PRICE IS LOOKIN' FOR GLOVE IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES! http://t.co/SLLobcXyBp— Rays Index (@RaysIndex) October 1, 2013
Even a blown call was not enough to hold the Rays back.
The Rays have been on the road since beginning a three-game series against the New York Yankees on September 24. Since then, they have been to Toronto for three games and Texas for one.
Next stop, Cleveland.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com