David Price, Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays are going to playoffs again, getting there with a victory in their final regular-season game for the second time in three years.
They needed an extra game this time.
Price threw his fourth complete game of the season, Longoria had a two-run homer, and the visiting Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 in the A.L. wild-card tiebreaker game Monday night, the 163rd game for both teams.
The Rays face another must-win situation Wednesday night at Cleveland in the A.L. wild-card game -- the winner faces Boston in the division series. Tampa Bay, in the playoffs for the fourth time in six years, won four of six from the Indians during the regular season.
Price (10-8), the reigning AL Cy Young winner, had a 10.26 ERA in four previous starts at Rangers Ballpark. He was superb in this one, striking out four and walking one. He picked off two runners while allowing seven hits and throwing 81 of 118 pitches for strikes.
"When you can get outs without throwing pitches that's always huge," Price said. "If I don't get those two outs on the pickoff moves, I have to get the next guys out. It forces me to throw at least 10 more pitches."
Longoria had three hits, continuing his stellar play in the last game of regular seasons. He is hitting .579 (11 for 19) in those finales with seven homers and 10 RBIs, according to STATS.
Texas had won seven in a row, needing every one of those wins just to force the majors' first wild-card tiebreaker since 2007.
Even with the return of All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz from his 50-game drug suspension, the Rangers missed a chance to get to the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
"I'm disappointed. We didn't get it done," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I've got no excuse for that."
Cruz, who had 27 homers and 76 RBIs in 108 games before his suspension, was 0 for 4 with a strikeout while hitting sixth as the designated hitter. His groundout to shortstop ended the game.
Twins: Minnesota and manager Ron Gardenhire agreed to a two-year extension, keeping him in the Twin Cities through the 2015 season. Gardenhire has been the Twins manager since 2002.
Mets: Terry Collins has completed his contract extension with the New York Mets. The manager gets a two-year deal with a club option for 2016.
Pirates: Center fielder Andrew McCutchen gave the franchise a brief scare when a ball hit him in the head during batting practice. The MVP candidate walked off the field under his own power and said he should be fine to play in Tuesday night's N.L. wild-card game against Cincinnati.
Rodriguez grievance: The grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The New York Yankees third baseman was wearing a business suit and accompanied by lawyers when he arrived for the session at Major League Baseball's headquarters in midtown Manhattan.
Rodriguez was among 14 players penalized by MLB this year after the sport's investigation of Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. In Florida, state authorities said Monday they had started a criminal investigation of the clinic.
MLB: Rob Manfred was promoted to Major League Baseball's chief operating officer, the sport's No. 2 post, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner when Selig steps down after the 2014.