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The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn, Associated Press
Tampa Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar, left, and first baseman James Loney celebrate after turning a seventh inning-ending double play during a baseball game against the Toropnto Blue Jays, Sunday Sept. 29, 2013 in Toronto.

TORONTO — 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.