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Desmond Jennings celebrates with his teammates after scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 18th inning Friday.
by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE
The Tampa Bay Rays rebounded from Thursday's loss to the Texas Rangers with an amazing extra-inning win over a divisional opponent.
David DeJesus' single in the bottom of the 18th inning broke a 4-4 tie, giving the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 win in what was the longest game in the history of both franchises.
The Rays took the lead two batters into the first-inning, as David DeJesus and Ben Zobrist connected on back-to-back doubles to start the scoring. Evan Longoria then singled Zobrist to third base, and after Wil Myers struck out, Matt Joyce's ground ball got by Chris Davis to bring in Zobrist to make it 2-0.
Tampa Bay added a third run an inning later, as Jose Molina doubled to start the inning, moved to third on a flyout by Yunel Escobar, and scored on a flyball by DeJesus.
Baltimore got on the board in the fifth, as Price loaded the bases with nobody out, walking Michael Morse and allowing singles to Brian Roberts and Manny Machado. Adam Jones then reached on an infield single, scoring Morse to make it 3-1.
Price buckled down and struck out Chris Davis, then got Danny Valencia to ground into a double play to limit the damage.
The left-hander left the game after allowing a double to Matt Wieters, leading off the sixth. Jamey Wright got a pair of groundouts from J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis, which brought Wieters around to make it 3-2.
Baltimore took the lead in the seventh, as Jake McGee walked Roberts and hit Machado with a pitch. Alex Torres was brought in by Joe Maddon, and he allowed a double to Jones, scoring Roberts with the tying run, and after striking out Davis, a sacrifice fly by Valencia brought in Jones to make it 4-3.
Zobrist got the game evened in the bottom of the seventh, when his RBI single scored Yunel Escobar, who singled to start the frame and took second on a wild pitch.
The game remained that way for eleven innings, until Desmond Jennings doubled with one out in the 18th inning off Bud Norris, and after Escobar walked, DeJesus laced a ball into right field, allowing Jennings to scream home and finally end the game.
Friday's contest took six hours and 54 minutes to complete, besting the previous Rays franchise record of five hours and 44 minutes set July 17, 2011 in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
It's a quick turnaround for both teams, as Alex Cobb (9-3, 3.02 ERA) takes on Miguel Gonzalez (10-7, 3.92 ERA) at 1:05. Pregame coverage starts at 11:00 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM.