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Closer Jonathan Papelbon took a 3-2 lead into the ninth at Camden Yards and struck out the first two batters and was later one strike away for ending it. But Chris Davis and Nolan Reimold followed doubles that tied it and Robert Andino hit a single that sliding left fielder Carl Crawford couldn’t quite glove to win it for the Orioles 4-3.

The ball that escaped Crawford was much harder to field than the one that rolled under Bill Buckner’s glove so many years earlier, but no doubt Red Sox fans will cringe at the memory of both.

The Rays, meanwhile, rallied from a 7-0 deficit, tying the Yankees on pinch-hitter Dan Johnson’s solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning. A roar erupted at Tropicana Field when the Boston loss was posted on the scoreboard. Four minutes later, Longoria homered barely inside the left-field foul pole.

The Cardinals, who trailed the Braves by 10 1/2 games before play on Aug. 26, made it easy on themselves as Carpenter pitched them to an 8-0 win at Houston.

An hour or so later, St. Louis was in the playoffs when the Braves blew it. Philadelphia nicked closer Craig Kimbrel for a tying run in the ninth and won 4-3 in the 13th at Turner Field.

“This is tough,” Braves catcher Brian McCann said. “This is one of the worst feelings I’ve ever had coming off a baseball field.”