AL wild card standings: Rangers tie Rays, Indians keep pace

Al Messerschmidt

With the Rays loss to the Rangers, the two wild card leaders are now tied and both have a narrow 1/2 game lead on the walk-off-happy Indians.

The Rangers and Rays remain in control of the two American League Wild Card spots, but the Rays no longer have any cushion above the field.

The Rangers protected their claim to a Wild Card spot with a 8-2 victory over the Rays on Thursday, leaving the two clubs with identical records. Texas rode a three-homer third inning and big games from Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios to earn a split in this series before they head to Kansas City to face the Royals, who sit 2½ back in the race.

Thanks to the Rangers win, the Indians remain a half-game back after a dramatic extra inning win against the Astros. Cleveland got their 10th walk-off win of the season on a base-loaded single from Matt Carson in the 11th inning to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot.

The two other AL East wild card hopefuls both lost ground. The Orioles slip to two games back after losing 3-1 to John Lackey and the Red Sox, who clinched the first playoff berth in the American League with their win. The Yankees also fell victim to strong pitching from a division rival and now sit  three games out after their 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

American League Wild Card Standings

Tampa Bay 83 69 .549 --- Lost 1
Texas 83 69 .543 --- Won 1
Cleveland 82 70 .539 .5 Won 1
Baltimore 81 71 .532 2.0 Lost 1
Kansas City 80 73 .526 3.0 Won 1
New York 80 73 .522 3.5 Lost 1

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