Rays Win 5-4 In 18 Innings, Maintain Wild Card Lead

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in 19 innings on a David DeJesus walk off single. With the win the Rays remain 0.5 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the top spot in the Wild Card race.

Jeremy Hellickson got the win to improve to 12-9 and Bud Norris took the loss to fall to 10-12.

– The 11 pitchers used in a game of any length ties a major league record last done by the Philadelphia Phillies on August 24th of this season against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

– It was the longest game in franchise history (6 hours 54 minutes) eclipsing the 5 hour 44 minutes contest against the Boston Red Sox on July 17, 2011.

– It was also the longest game in Baltimore Orioles franchise history.

– It was the longest game by innings for the Rays in franchise history breaking the two 16 inning games against the Boston Red Sox on    July 17, 2011 and April 1, 2003.

– The two teams used a combined 21 pitchers which is a new major league record breaking the record of 20 last done on August 24th of  this season in an 18 inning game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

– The two teams combined to throw a total of 593 pitches.

– The Rays used 17 position players and 11 pitchers who threw a combined 301 pitches.

– The Orioles used 11 position players and 10 pitchers who threw a combined 292 pitches.

The Scoring 

The Rays jumped out to a  2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.  David DeJesus led off the game with a double and came around  to score on a Ben Zobrist double.  Zobrist moved to third on a Evan Longoria single and came around to score on a two-base error by Chris Davis.

In the second inning the Rays increased their lead to 3-0 on the strength of Jose Molina‘s legs.  Molina led off the inning with a double and tagged up to 3rd on a fly ball to right fielder Nick Markakis and came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of David DeJesus to left fielder Michael Morse.

The Rays held their 3-0 lead until the top of the 5th when Mike Morse led off with a walk, moved to second on a Brian Roberts single, and advanced to third on a Manny Machado single. Adam Jones sent a slow chopper down the 3rd baseline for an infield RBI single as Mike Morse crossed home plate with the Orioles first run.

David Price struck out Chris Davis for the first out of the inning to bring his nemesis to the plate and got the 5-4-3 double play ball to end the inning.

Matt Wieters led off the top of the 6th with a a double which ended David Price’s evening. Jamey Wright came and retired J.J. Hardy on a ground out but Wieters moved up to 3rd base with 1-out.  Nick Markakis sent a ground out to second that allowed Wieters to score to cut the Rays lead to 3-2.

The Orioles mounted a rally in the 7th inning as Jake McGee walked Brian Roberts and hit Manny Machado with a pitch. McGee was removed for Alex Torres.  Adam Jones greeted Torres with an RBI double o drive in Brian Roberts with the tying run.

Torres came back to strike out Chris Davis but the Orioles took the lead on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Danny Valencia which plated Manny Machado giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead.

Yunel Escobar led of the bottom of the 7th inning with a single and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and came in to score on a  Ben Zobrist single.

In the bottom of the 18th Desmond Jennings doubled and Yunel Escobar walked. David DeJesus delivered a walk off RBI single.

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