BALTIMORE — It was the day Major League Baseball dreamed about when it instituted the two wild card format two years ago.
It would come down to Game 162, and there still would be something that would need to be decided.
It would create an extra round of sudden death, even before the one-game wild-card game. And that’s what happened Sunday.
The Boston-Baltimore matchup witnessed by a sellout crowd at Camden Yards didn’t mean much, although the Orioles showed some pride in beating the Red Sox, 7-6.
Otherwise it was the Red Sox, who finished tied for the best record in baseball despite two straight losses, wondering how the day would unfold in other venues and which team they might play at Fenway Park Friday night. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.