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Video: Tampa Bay Rays Turn Triple Play, Escape Jam

In the top of the sixth inning, it looked for a minute as though the Rays’ season might be drawing to a close. While Tampa Bay had tied Boston for the Wild Card lead on Monday night, the Red Sox were winning their game against the Orioles and the Rays were in danger of letting their game slip away from them.

The Yankees had tied the game up at two earlier on, and then in the top of the sixth, Jeremy Hellickson allowed the Yankees to score one run and load the bases without getting a single out. The Rays were one hit away from finding themselves in a big hole, and potentially sitting one game back in the Wild Card with only one game left in the season.

But then, Lady Luck decided to bounce the Rays’ way. Russell Martin hit a groundball right to third base, and well, you can watch the rest for yourself:

Considering the Rays went on to win the game 5-3, preserving the tie in the Al Wild Card, has there ever been a more clutch triple play? I’m going to have to look through the archives, but I don’t think so.

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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.