YANKEES @ RAYS
Longoria Ends It
• The Situation: The Rays came to bat in the bottom of the 12th with the score tied 7-7. With one out and Evan Longoria coming to the plate, the Orioles had just tied the Red Sox.
• The Outcome: As Longoria was hitting, the Tropicana Field crowd erupted in response to the Orioles' victory. Then Longoria lined a 2-2 pitch over the short fence in left field for a walkoff homer and an 8-7 Rays win.
• The Impact: The Rays not only knocked out the Red Sox, but they also overcame the largest September deficit (nine games) to make the playoffs in baseball history.
• The Quote: "Wow, did this just really happen? Man, when I saw it clear the fence, it didn't seem real." -- Longoria