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Pena, who led the Rays with 31 homers and 102 RBIs this season, struck out in his only plate appearance in the first inning. Willy Aybar entered the game at first base at the beginning of the third, and his sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning made it 3-all.
The Rays, who never won more than 70 games in a season before this year, entered their playoff debut on three days' rest, expecting their youth and speed to be an advantage against the more experienced White Sox, who have struggled on artificial surface this year.
The White Sox, who led the majors in home runs, fizzled after winning three straight elimination games, including a tiebreaker against Minnesota to determine the AL Central title, to reach the postseason for the first time since winning the 2005 World Series.
Longoria's RBI single in the fifth single made it 5-3 and ended Vazquez's afternoon.
Carl Crawford, back in the lineup for the first time since injuring his finger on Aug. 9, hit an RBI single off Clayton Richard.
Vazquez allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings -- the fourth consecutive start, all losses, he's gone less than five innings.
Notes:@ Richard struck out five consecutive batters after giving up the RBI single to Crawford in the fifth. ... Rays senior vice president John Higgins, who joined the team as its first employee in 1995, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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