In another unbelievable finish in this strange wild-card race, the Orioles were down to their last out with no one on base when Chris Davis doubled to right off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, Nolan Reimold followed with a game-tying double, and Robert Andino took the final swing of the season and lined a single to left to complete the walk-off win.
The Red Sox remained technically alive for a couple more minutes, until the Tampa Bay Rays completed an even more unbelievable comeback to defeat the New York Yankees in extra innings and win the American League wild-card race.
Simply amazing. The Orioles celebrated like they had won the World Series, and the Red Sox walked off the field disconsolately. Orioles fans stayed to celebrate, too, and burst into a loud ovation as word of Evan Longoria's second home run of the game at Tropicana Field did in the Yankees and Sox with one swing.
The Yankees led that game by seven runs in the eighth inning, but the Rays scored six times in the eighth and tied the game on a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth. It was borderline miraculous.
"I can't believe what Boston must be going through emotionally right now,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We understand that there's an other side to this. Atlanta is feeling the same thing. Baseball is a cruel game."