ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays took over the top spot in the AL wild card race by beating the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Wednesday.
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 then 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.
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, pinch runner Freddy Guzman stole second and scored on David DeJesus’ single.