ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays gave a full house little to cheer about.
The Rays gave away 20,000 tickets for the regular-season home finale. Fans begin lining up outside the domed stadium several hours before game time. The team said the allotment of free tickets was exhausted about 45 minutes before the first pitch.
"I think it's cool, absolutely," left-hander David Price said of the ticket giveaway. "It's pretty neat."
Tampa Bay clinched its second playoff berth in three years before 17,891 on Tuesday night. Monday night's potential clincher drew 12,446, a number that moved stars Evan Longoria and Price to complain about a lack of fan support.
"They know they're in, but they also know these games are meaningful," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "So you realize it when you're able to shut them out here in their own place and that environment, it makes you real proud of everybody."
The Rays remained a half-game in front of second-place New York in the AL East. The Yankees lost 8-4 at Toronto.
"I thought we were definitely there tonight," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We just got outpitched. That happens."
Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton made a diving catch on Luke Scott's liner with a runner on first and no outs in the seventh. However, later in the inning Pie drove in two runs for a 2-0 lead with a triple off Jeff Niemann (11-8) that went over right fielder Matt Joyce's head.
Pie's hit stopped a stretch of 17 consecutive scoreless innings for the Orioles, who took two of three from Tampa Bay. The victory ensured Baltimore (63-95) -- 31-22 under Showalter -- will not lose 100 games this year.
"I haven't heard anybody speak about it in here. I've thought about it a little," Millwood said. "It's a little embarrassing to lose 100. We've played really good baseball here the last month and a half. I don't think anybody in contention really cares to play this team right now. I think we're kind of clicking pretty much all cylinders and I think we can play with anybody right now."
Niemann gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings. The right-hander is 1-5 in seven starts since returning from a strained right shoulder on Aug. 25.
Tampa Bay loaded the bases with two outs during the seventh but failed to score when Millwood struck out Upton.
The Rays used their plaid billed hats for the first time in a game. The team marketing department came up with the cap idea after Tampa Bay wore plaid jackets -- called Braysers -- during a theme West Coast road trip last month.
"All this stuff has been done in different ways before," Maddon said. "When something new comes out, people, some enjoy it, some frown upon it, some don't get it and that's OK."
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