Rays clinch AL wild-card spot; Astros get AL home-field edge

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The Tampa Bay Rays pose for a team picture after a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Houston. The Rays won 7-3 and clinched a postseason berth. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

HOUSTON (AP) — Drew Rasmussen pitched seven effective innings and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season, beating the Houston Astros 7-3. The Rays began the day in the third and final AL wild-card spot, trailing Toronto and Seattle.

Tampa Bay extended the longest postseason streak in franchise history and earned a playoff spot for the eighth time, all since 2008.

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The Rays have never won the World Series. Despite the loss, Houston clinched home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. The New York Yankees lost earlier in the day, ensuring the Astros will host any AL series. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers have a better record than Houston.