Tampa tip Texas in 12th for pole in AL wild-card
APST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and Tampa Bay took over the top spot in the American League wild-card playoff race by beating Texas 4-3 on Wednesday.
September 20, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
Texas has a half-game lead over Cleveland, which lost at Kansas City, for the second wild card.
Jose Lobaton opened the 12th with a single off Joseph Ortiz (2-2) and pinch-runner Sam Fuld went to second on Yunel Escobar's bunt. Fuld scored on Jennings' hit to right center.
Brandon Gomes (2-1) struck out Ian Kinsler with runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the 12th for the Rays, who have won two of the first three games of the four-game series.
Texas took a 3-2 lead in the 11th when Elvis Andrus scored from first base on Adrian Beltre's two-out single. The Rays tied it on David DeJesus' RBI single in the bottom of the inning as Matt Joyce drew a two-out walk from Rangers closer Joe Nathan and pinch-runner Freddy Guzman stole second and scored on DeJesus' single. It was Nathan's third blown save in 42 chances this season.
Sean Rodriguez, who had just two hits in his previous 16 at-bats against Rangers' starter Derek Holland, tied it at 2-all in the sixth with a two-run homer off the left-hander.
Oriels 5, Red Sox 3, 12 innings Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Baltimore.
Matt Wieters had two RBI doubles for Baltimore, which closed to within one game of Texas for the AL's second wild-card spot in the playoffs. The Rangers lost 4-3 in 12 innings to the wild card-leading Rays.
T.J. McFarland (2-1) worked the 11th for the win and Jim Johnson got the final three outs for his AL-leading 47th save.
The Orioles played their 114th errorless game, surpassing the 2008 Houston Astros for Major League Baseball's most since 1900.
J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts had consecutive one-out singles and both advanced on a wild pitch by Franklin Morales (2-2). After pinch-hitter Steve Pearce was intentionally walked, Manny Machado fouled out before Davis' grounded one up the middle into center field.
Boston had runners on first and second with one out in the 11th, but Stephen Drew grounded into a double play.
David Ortiz hit his 28th home run — a two-run shot — and Mike Naploi added a solo homer for the Red Sox.
Royals 7, Indians 2 Bruce Chen worked five innings and Salvador Perez doubled home two runs for Kansas City.
Cleveland is a half-game behind in the AL wild-card playoff race while the Royals are 2 1/2 games back.
Chen was pulled in the sixth after giving up a single to Michael Bourn and walking Nick Swisher to lead off the inning.
Francisley Bueno replaced Chen and recorded two outs with three pitches.
Royals relievers Tim Collins, Will Smith and Greg Holland preserved the lead, allowing just one hit.
The Royals broke the game open with three runs off four Indians pitchers in the eighth. Alcides Escobar had a two-run single, while Jarrod Dyson walked with the bases loaded.
Rookie Danny Salazar (1-3), who had allowed just one run in 13 2-3 innings in his first three September starts, took the loss, giving up four runs and six hits in six innings.
Other games on Wednesday:
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3
Angels 5, Athletics 4, 11 Innings
Twins 4, White Sox 3
Mariners 8, Tigers 0
Reds 6, Astros 5, 13 Innings