The Red Sox dropped a heart-breaker in Baltimore when Robert Andino drove in the winning run to give the Orioles a 4-3 win. With the Rays in extra innings with the Yankees down in Florida, the Rays all of a sudden needed a win to take the wild card.
Evan Longoria hit a walk-off home run, his second of the game, to give the Rays an 8-7 win, and it also gave Joe Maddon’s bunch the American League wild card.
NESN.com documented the end of the Red Sox season in two live blogs:
- Red Sox-Orioles Live Blog: Jonathan Papelbon Blows Save, Rays Rally to Complete Red Sox Collapse
- Rays-Yankees Live Blog: Evan Longoria’s Walk-Off Home Run in 12th Gives Rays American League Wild Card
Be sure to check back to NESN.com for all of the reaction and analysis.