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Blue Jays Beats Rangers in Dramatic Win

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Blue Jay’s Bautista flips his bat after hitting a tiebreaker.

With two out and the game tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin’s throwback to the pitcher hit Shin-Soo Choo’s bat.

This allowed Rougned Odor to score the go-ahead run even though plate umpire Dale Scott had waved the play dead.

The Blue Jays protested the game and the fans went crazy, throwing stuff on the field, but Odor’s run held up to give the Rangers the lead.

And then Texas gave the game right back to Toronto.

In the bottom of the inning, the Rangers made three consecutive infield errors, with each of them involving shortstop Elvis Andrus’ glove.

He bobbled Martin’s grounder to start things off.

Then Mitch Moreland threw what should have been an easy forceout into the turf, and it bounced out of Andrus’ glove to put runners at first and second.

Then Andrus dropped the throw at third base on Ryan Goins’ poor sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases.

Toronto wound up scoring four runs to take the lead, with the big blow being Jose Bautista’s three-run homer that sparked the first of two bench-clearing shoving matches on the field.

Toronto fans will always remember it as the game their Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 and advanced to the American League Championship Series despite having lost the first two games at home.

Meanwhile, everyone else will recall it as perhaps the wildest, strangest and most-argued postseason inning ever.

MLB 2015: MOVING TOWARDS THE PLAYOFFS

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The Pirates lost 3-1 to Chicago cubs on Sunday.

The Pirates lost 3-1 to Chicago cubs on Sunday.

LA Angels was trailing 6-10 when they scored five runs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

LA Angels was trailing 6-10 when they scored five runs to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

MLB 2015: MOVING TOWARDS THE PLAYOFFS

On Sunday, it’s time for 20 MLB teams to finally bid farewell to the 2015 season. For the other gifted 10, it’s hello to the postseason. In both cases, it’s time for fans to stress about their teams’ futures.

Five of the six division titles are wrapped up, as well as three of the four wild-card spots. The playoff picture would’ve been much clearer after Saturday if it weren’t for a thrilling comeback.

Leading the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 heading into the ninth inning, the Rangers had a 99 percent chance of winning the game and, by extension, the American League West, per ESPN.com. However, they let the Angels score five runs in the top of the final frame for an improbable 11-10 come-from-behind win, one that kept both their AL wild-card hopes alive and the Houston Astros’ hopes of winning the AL West division.

“It’s probably the craziest game I’ve been part of,’’ Angels center fielder Mike Trout said, via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, “with everything we’ve got on the line. We lose that game, we’re in trouble.’’

The AL playoff picture is clearly in a state of flux, nor is everything settled in the National League.

Below are tables showing the playoff picture and standings heading into Sunday’s finales, followed by a look at what’s at stake on the final day of the regular season.

2015 MLB Playoff Picture Heading into Sunday

American League
RoundAwayHome
Wild CardHouston AstrosNew York Yankeys
ALDSTexas RangersToronto Blue Jays
ALDSAstros/YankeesKansas City Royal
National League
RoundAwayHome
Wild CardChicago CubsPittsburgh Pirates
NLDSNew York MetsLos Angeles Dodgers
NLDSCubs/PiratesSt Louis Cadinals

American League, National League Relevant Standings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Division LeadersWL
Toronto (AL East)9368
Kansas City (AL Central)9467
Texas (AL West)8774
Wild Card
New York Yankees8774
Houston Astros8675
Los Angeles Angels8576
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Division LeadersWL
New York Mets (NL East)8972
St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central)10060
Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West)9170
Wild Card
Pittsburgh Pirates9764
Chicago Cubs9665