Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was more than happy to wait until the early morning hours for what he called an incredible victory.
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.
''Obviously, both teams really battled extremely hard,'' Maddon said. ''You know both teams wanted to win it badly. To win that game means a lot based on the time of the year that it is.''
Tampa Bay started its game at 7:11 p.m., tied with Texas atop a crowded race for the two AL 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 1/2 back.
''That's everything right there that you play 162 games for,'' Tampa...