The Tampa Bay Rays never say die. They were way behind the Boston Red Sox heading into September. In the final game of the regular season on Wednesday night, the Rays were trailing 7-0 against the New York Yankees. But the Rays came roaring back to win and, after the Red Sox choked again, advance to the 2011 baseball playoffs.
The Rays were actually down 7-0 heading into the eighth inning. But in the eighth, the Rays scored six runs — highlighted by Evan Longoria’s three-run blast.
In the ninth, the Rays were starring at two outs and two strikes. But that’s when Dan Johnson became the hero. The journeyman homered to tie the game and send it into extras.
In the bottom of the 12th, Longoria hit a solo shot to give the Rays the win and the playoff berth!