Philadelphia needed a win over the Rays and losses by San Francisco and Milwaukee to earn its first playoff berth in nine years. The Brewers and Giants both lost, but the Phillies were unable to give themselves a chance.
The Phillies, who were swept by the Rays in the three-game series and lost seven of eight overall to finish the season, went 28-32 under first-year manager Joe Girardi. They went 81-81 in 2019 with Gabe Kapler at the helm.
❌ Phillies Officially Eliminated— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) September 27, 2020
Awful! Phillies lost 7 of 8 to end the season during a playoff race!
9th straight year Phillies are NOT in the playoffs and this year there are 8 teams in the NL!!! @6abc #Phillies pic.twitter.com/10mE3nVyjI
Fleming (5-0) struck out five and walked one for the top-seeded Rays, who will face No. 8 seed Toronto in a best-of-three wild-card series that starts Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
Oliver Drake, Aaron Loup and Ryan Sherriff completed a six-hitter.
Tampa Bay (40-20) has the AL's top record after reaching the postseason last season as a wild card.
Pinch-hitter Kevan Smith had a run-scoring single in the second before Joey Wendle and Hunter Renfroe both had third-inning RBI hits off Aaron Nola (5-5) that put the Rays up 3-0.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi says next year he doesn’t want to be here in this situation on the final day of the regular season— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) September 27, 2020
Girardi says the Phillies have to be better at closing out games and defensively @6abc #Phillies https://t.co/A9ehZWYUVX pic.twitter.com/Vplj8ZB69v
Nola gave up three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Mike Brosseau hit an RBI triple that bounced over right fielder Phil Gosselin's head and scored on Héctor Neris' wild pitch when Michael Perez struck out to make it 5-0 in the sixth.
Philadelphia loaded the bases with two outs in fourth but Fleming got a grounder from Gosselin.
Phillies rookie Alec Bohm doubled in the eighth and had a hit in 18 of his last 20 games.
It was not known before the game if the Rays would play the New York Yankees or Toronto in the first-round series.
But Tampa Bay hitting coach Chad Mottola said pregame that he felt both teams would prefer not taking on the Rays.
"I know no one wants to play us," Mottola said. "I would think they're going to play today, both teams, knowing that they want to avoid us."
Rays: Smith hit for CF Brett Phillips, who left with right hamstring tightness. ... Manager Kevin Cash said OF Austin Meadows (left oblique strain) is "not close" to returning. ... LHP José Alvarado (left shoulder inflammation), 1B Ji-Man Choi (left hamstring strain) and INF Yandy Díaz (right hamstring strain) will take part in a simulated game Monday. ... OF Manuel Margot (sore foot) was scratched from the lineup.
Phillies: Will host Toronto in Clearwater, Florida, to begin 2021 spring training on Feb. 27.
Rays: The first-round rotation will be LHP Blake Snell (4-2), RHP Tyler Glasnow (5-1) and RHP Charlie Morton (2-2).
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report.