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DeJesus ends 18-inning marathon, Rays top O's

5:15 AM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - David DeJesus delivered an RBI single in the 18th inning to give the Rays a 5-4 win over the Orioles in a game that ended after 2 a.m. local time and set an MLB record for number of pitchers used.

Desmond Jennings' one-out double in the 18th was the first extra-base hit by either team since the top of the seventh. He eventually came around to score on DeJesus' line drive to right-center field, ending the 6-hour, 54-minute game -- the longest in terms of time in Rays and Orioles history.

The teams combined to use an MLB-record 21 pitchers and Jeremy Hellickson (12-9), the Rays' scheduled starter for Sunday, got the win with 2 1/3 innings of work as Tampa Bay remained atop the AL wild card standings.

How strange did things get? After the winning run scored at 2:05 a.m. -- the latest a game has ever ended at Tropicana Field -- two Rays players celebrated in masks: one as Chewbacca from "Star Wars" and the other as Gene Simmons from the rock band Kiss.

The teams are scheduled to play the second game of this four-game series at 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday.

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