Baltimore at Tampa Bay

Final 18th
Tampa Bay
W: J. Hellickson (12-9) L: B. Norris (10-12)
HR: BAL - None   TB - None

DeJesus single lifts Rays past Orioles in 18th inning wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David DeJesus ended a nearly seven-hour game with a one-out RBI single in the 18th inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays took over sole possession of the top AL wild-card spot by beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Friday night.

Tampa Bay started its game at 7:05 p.m., tied with Texas atop a crowded race for two wild cards. By the time it ended 6 hours, 54 minutes later -- a record in time for both teams -- the Rays were a half-game ahead of Cleveland, which beat Houston 2-1 in a rain-shortened game. The Rangers lost to Kansas City 2-1 and dropped a half-game behind. Baltimore is 2 back.

Desmond Jennings had a one-out double in the 18th off Bud Norris (10-12) -- the Orioles' 10th pitcher and one of a big league record 21 used in the game.

After Yunel Escobar walked, DeJesus won it on his line single to center, ending the Rays' longest game in franchise history and setting off a wild celebration. One of the Rays came onto the field wearing a Chewbacca mask.

Now the AL East rivals get to do it all over again at 1:05 p.m. Saturday.

The Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 2-1 in 20 innings, the longest game by innings in three years. That game only took 6 hours, 25 minutes.

Jeremy Hellickson (12-9), Sunday's scheduled start, allowed one hit in 2 1-3 innings.

Ben Zobrist drove in the tying run in the seventh with an RBI single off Kevin Gausman after the Rays blew a 3-2 lead in the top half.

Adam Jones greeted reliever Alex Torres with an RBI double and Danny Valencia had a sacrifice fly to give Baltimore the temporary lead.

After Zobrist tied it, the teams traded zeros long into the night.

From the eighth inning on, the Orioles had just two hits. The Rays six.

The Rays loaded the bases with two outs in the 15th, but failed to score when Tim Beckham was retired on a hard grounder to second.

The Rays grabbed a 2-0 advantage in the first. Zobrist had an RBI double and later scored when first baseman Chris Davis was charged with an error for misplaying Matt Joyce's grounder.

Tampa Bay went ahead 3-0 during the second when slow-footed catcher Jose Molina doubled, went to third when Escobar hit a flyball and scored on DeJesus' sacrifice fly. Molina received a standing ovation after scoring.

Orioles starter Jason Hammel, winless in his last 12 starts since beating Washington on May 27, gave up three runs and six hits over five innings. Tampa Bay left-hander David Price, who has gone five starts without a victory, allowed two runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.

NOTES: Manny Machado appeared to get hit around right hand by Jake McGee's pitch in the seventh, but remained in the game. ... Jennings was a late scratch due to neck stiffness. He had a pinch-hit infield single in the 9th and stayed in the game to play center. ... Tampa Bay recalled RHP Jake Odorizzi from Triple-A Durham.

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David DeJesus ends the longest game in Rays history with a walk-off single in the 18th inning.  (USATSI)
David DeJesus ends the longest game in Rays history with a walk-off single in the 18th inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. DeJesus
AB 8
R 1
H 4
HR 0

A. Jones
AB 8
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Attendance - 21247
Game Time - 6:54
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bruce Dreckman, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Dan Bellino