Orioles suffer painful loss in 18 innings to Rays

Orioles suffer painful loss in 18 innings to Rays
September 21, 2013, 2:15 am

Orioles season on the line vs. the Rays

Nearly seven hours after it started, the Orioles suffered their most painful loss of the season.

David DeJesus’ RBI single scored Desmond Jennings with the winning run in the 18th inning as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Orioles 5-4 at Tropicana Field early Saturday morning.

Jennings doubled with one out off Bud Norris (10-12) in the 18th. Yunel Escobar walked and then DeJesus singled to center.

The two teams combined to use 21 pitchers, a major league record, and it took six hours, 54 minutes to play, the longest game by time in Orioles history. It was an inning short of the 19-inning game they played on June 4, 1967.

The loss badly hurt the Orioles in the wild-card standings. Tampa Bay (84-59) leads Cleveland by percentage points in the race. The Orioles (81-72) not only are 2 ½ games out, but are tied with Kansas City, which beat Texas. The Orioles trail the Rangers by two.

The game was tied at 4 after seven, and after 10 scoreless innings, the Rays finally prevailed.

Jeremy Hellickson (12-9), who was supposed to start on Sunday, pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win. He was Tampa Bay’s 11th pitcher..

Manager Buck Showalter decided to shake the Orioles batting order up. He put Manny Machado in the first spot for the first time, Adam Jones batted second, and Danny Valencia, who was 9-for-12 against Tampa Bay starter David Price batted fourth.

Jason Hammel failed in his attempt to win for the first time since May 27. He allowed three runs, all in the first two innings.

DeJesus and Ben Zobrist began the first with doubles, giving the Rays a 1-0 lead. Evan Longoria singled with Zobrist moving to third. Zobrist scored on an error by Chris Davis.

Jose Molina started the second with a double. He took third on Yunel Escobar’s fly ball and scored on DeJesus’ sacrifice fly.

The 3-0 Tampa Bay lead held until the fifth when the Orioles loaded the bases with none out on a walk to Michael Morse and singles by Brian Roberts and Machado. Jones singled to score Morse, but Davis struck out and Danny Valencia hit into a double play to end the inning.

In the sixth, Matt Wieters doubled off Price, who was relieved by Jamey Wright. Wieters advanced to third on an infield out by J.J. Hardy and scored on Nick Markakis’ grounder.

Jake McGee walked Roberts to start the seventh, hit Machado with a pitch and left for Alex Torres. Jones doubled to scored Roberts and Machado to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead.

Escobar singled off Kevin Gausman in the bottom of the seventh. He took second on Gausman’s wild pitch and scored on Zobrist’s one-out single to tie the score at 4.

The teams play the second of a four-game series at 1:05 p.m. Saturday on FOX.