Tampa Bay Rays outfielder David DeJesus hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 18th inning to lead his club to a wild 5-4 home win over the Baltimore Orioles, a key victory in the battle for one of the two wildcard spots in the American League.
With the win, the Rays continue to lead the wildcard race, although several other teams are close behind with just over a week remaining in the regular season.
The nearly seven-hour game ended in the wee hours of Saturday when DeJesus, who went 4-for-8 at the plate at Tropicana Field, drove in center fielder Desmond Jennings from second base.
Jeremy Hellickson (12-9), the Rays' 11th and final pitcher of the night, got the win after giving up just one hit over 2 1/3 innings. Hellickson had been scheduled to start on Sunday, but he may need more rest after the unexpected duty.
Bud Norris (10-12), the last of 10 pitchers the Orioles used, took the loss after working 2 1/3 innings and allowing three hits and the game's final run.
The 21 pitchers used by both teams set a major league record.
The Rays improved to 84-69, while the Orioles fell to 81-72 and 2.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the second wildcard spot.
The Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees also are in the hunt for a wildcard spot in the American League. EFE