The Cleveland Indians claimed one of two American League Wild Card spots with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday. But the game of the night was in Tampa Bay, where the Rays outlasted the Orioles, 5-4, in 18 innings to keep the top Wild Card position.
Desmond Jennings doubled with one out in the 18th inning in Tampa Bay, then scored on a walk-off single by David DeJesus. The Rays hold a half-game lead over the Indians, and the Orioles fell to 2½ games back of Cleveland.
The game in Cleveland was called in the middle of the seventh because of rain, giving the Indians their seventh win in their last nine games and a second consecutive 2-1 victory over Houston. The Indians took over the position previously occupied by the Rangers, who lost 2-1 to the Royals in Kansas City.
Alcides Escobar drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning for the deciding run for Kansas City. Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just one run for the Royals, who are just 2½ games back after the win.
The Yankees remain three games back after a 5-1 win over the Giants, a victory which included Alex Rodriguez breaking the all-time MLB record with his 24th career grand slam.