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Rays hold off Toronto 7-6, clinch AL wild card tie

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TORONTO (AP) - Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays assured themselves of at least a tie for an AL wild-card berth, scoring six runs in the first inning and then holding off the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 Sunday.

The Rays began the final day of the regular season tied with Texas for the second wild-card slot. Both teams trailed Cleveland by one game for the top spot.

Cleveland played at Minnesota and the Rangers hosted the Los Angeles Angels.

The Rays used their highest-scoring first inning since 2010 to take control early. Tampa Bay led 7-0 going into the sixth before Toronto rallied. The Blue Jays put the go-ahead run at the plate in the eighth and ninth innings.

Here's what's next...

• Cleveland and Texas win: Indians win top American League Wild Card spot. Rays at Rangers play Monday tiebreaker; AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday.

• Cleveland loses and Texas wins: Three-way tie. Rays at Indians on Monday, 4:07 p.m., loser at Texas on Tuesday, 4:07 p.m. ET, AL Wild Card Game on Wednesday, 8:07 p.m. ET.

• Cleveland wins and Texas loses: Rays and Indians are AL Wild Card winners, play at Cleveland on Wednesday, 8:07 p.m. ET.

• Cleveland and Texas lose: Rays and Indians are AL Wild Card winners, play at Rays on Wednesday, 8:07 p.m. ET .

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