Orioles defeat Rangers
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 5||BAL 5||TEX 1|
Managers: Showalter, Buck, BAL; Washington, Ron, TEX
Path to the AL Wild Card: Baltimore (93-69) finished two games behind New York in the AL East; Texas (93-69) finished a game behind Oakland in the AL West
Major League Baseball added a second Wild Card in each league starting in 2012, expanding the number of postseason clubs to 10 overall, five in each league. Because both teams finished 93-69, a tiebreaker was used to determine home-field advantage, and Texas won the tiebreaker by virtue of the better head-to-head record during the regular season -- taking both series.
The Rangers had been to the last two World Series and were hoping for another trip back and a chance to get over the hump in 2012. But Baltimore beat ace Yu Darvish by ending his 1-1 pitcher's duel with Joe Saunders in the sixth inning, scoring the first of four unanswered runs for the victory and a chance to play the AL East champion Yankees in one AL Division Series.
Chris Davis' single off Darvish in the sixth was the key hit, moving J.J. Hardy to third with no outs. Adam Jones' subsequent sacrifice fly brought in the decisive run.
For Baltimore, this game ended a 15-year hiatus from the postseason, and it would have been yet another early offseason had the second Wild Card berth not been implemented. For Texas, it was the end of a three-year streak of postseason appearances.