by Steve Carney
Wilson Betemit's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning scored Desmond Jennings to break a 3-3 tie and give the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, clinching their third Grapefruit League title.
Baltimore initially started the scoring in the bottom of the first, as Nick Markakis singled off Cobb, moved to third on a double by David Lough and Adam Jones brought him in with a groundout.
Longoria tied the game in the fourth with a solo homer to left off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, his third blast of the spring.
Tampa Bay took the lead in the fifth, as Logan Forsythe singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Yunel Escobar.
The Orioles knotted the game in the bottom of the fifth, as Jones lifted a sacrifice fly off Cesar Ramos, scoring Markakis for the second time.
Tampa Bay took the lead again in the top of the sixth thanks to back-to-back one-out doubles by Longoria and James Loney off Jimenez to make it 3-2.
Merrill Kelly allowed Baltimore to once again draw even in the eighth on an RBI double by Jonathan Schoop, but Betemit's sacrifice fly scored Jennings, who singled and moved to third on a Jake Depew single, with the winning run.
Tampa Bay's two previous Grapefruit League titles each came in seasons where the team went on to with the American League East title as well, in 2008 and 2010.
The Rays will wrap up the Grapefruit League Friday, when they head to Lakeland for a matchup with the Detroit Tigers. Matt Moore is scheduled to start against Drew VerHagen. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 from Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.