ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Chris Gimenez went 2-for-3 with a key two-run double Monday, but the Tampa Bay Rays missed the playoffs despite a 5-3 victory over Baltimore.
Ben Francisco's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning broke a 1-1 deadlock and Gimenez followed with his decisive two-run hit, helping the Rays to victory in the opener of a season-ending three-game series.
Ben Zobrist added a pair of hits, including a solo homer for Tampa Bay, which fell short of the playoffs after the Oakland Athletics clinched the second American League wild card spot later Monday with a win over Texas.
Alex Cobb (11-9) baffled the Orioles on two hits over seven innings, yielding only one run while fanning seven.
Fernando Rodney nailed down the win with his 47th save.
Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chen (12-11) took the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits in a 6 2/3-inning effort.