TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have left themselves with a pretty big Game 162.
Tampa Bay dropped game into a tie with Texas for the second AL wild-card berth, losing to Toronto 7-2 Saturday. Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar hit two-run home runs for the Blue Jays, and J.A. Happ won for the first time in four starts.
Cleveland (91-70) opened a one-game lead over the Rays and Rangers (both 90-71) for the wild card by stretching its winning streak to nine with a victory at Minnesota.
"I'm excited for tomorrow," Rays slugger Evan Longoria said. "We like to make it interesting, that's for sure."
Tampa Bay won the wild card in 2011 when Evan Longoria's 12th-inning homer beat the New York Yankees 8-7, capping a seven-run comeback. Boston's loss at Baltimore that night put the Rays into the postseason.
"We've been here before, we've been in these moments," manager Joe Maddon said. "We never do things seemingly easily so let's just play tomorrow and see what happens."
The Rays lost their second straight following a seven-game winning streak. There's still a chance of a two- or three-way tie, which would necessitate one or more tiebreaker games. Maddon isn't fretting over numerous possible outcomes.
"The only scenario is whatever helps us win tomorrow," Maddon said. "That's the only scenario that matters. And then, you just react to everything else."
Adam Lind had two hits and three RBIs, and Brett Lawrie reached base four times as the Blue Jays continued to make life tough for the Rays, who start left-hander Matt Moore (16-4) on Sunday against Blue Jays rookie right-hander Todd Redmond (4-2).
"I'm totally confident in our guys," Maddon said. "I really believe that you're going to see the best side of Matt Moore tomorrow."
Moore is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts against Toronto this season and has lost just once to the Blue Jays in six career meetings.
"It's a big game, big opportunity," Moore said. "I'm looking to throw up zeros any way I can."
Redmond was born in St. Petersburg, where his parents once were Rays season ticket holders.
"We have a chance to knock them out," Redmond said. "That's baseball. Hopefully we can pull it off."