Rays 5, Orioles 4

Rays sweep Orioles, lead wild card by one

Orioles All-Star Manny Machado grabs his left leg after it buckled running to first. He was taken off on a stretcher.

Chris O’Meara/Associated Press

Orioles All-Star Manny Machado grabs his left leg after it buckled running to first. He was taken off on a stretcher.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays are confident they’ll play at Tropicana Field again this year.

Wil Myers tied it with a two-run single on a jarring play in the seventh inning, then pinch-hitter James Loney stunned the Orioles with a leadoff homer in the ninth, and the Rays completed a four-game sweep that put a serious damper in Baltimore’s wild-card hopes with a 5-4 victory Monday.


‘‘You can feel it, you can’t necessarily describe it, but it’s there,’’ Rays manager Joe Maddon said ‘‘You know that your guys have that vibe going on. It’s a good feeling.’’

The win pushed the Rays a game ahead of idle Cleveland for the top AL wild card. Baltimore fell five games back of the Indians with six games to go for both teams.

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The Orioles also lost All-Star third baseman Manny Machado to a leg injury in the seventh. Machado’s left leg buckled when he stepped on first base running out an infield single. He was taken off on a stretcher.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter had no immediate update on Machado’s injury as the team awaited test results. Machado will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

‘‘It’s horrible,’’ Maddon said. ‘‘That guy there, to me, Baltimore has really ascended over the last couple years and I really believe he’s been at the cornerstone, the keystone of that whole thing. Hate to see that.’’


With the bases loaded, two outs and trailing, 4-2, in the seventh, Myers sent a flare behind second base. Second baseman Alexi Casilla made a fully extended diving catch but he collided with Nick Markakis, racing in toward the ball from right field. The ball came loose and two runs scored.

Hitting for Sean Rodriguez, Loney lined an 0-and-1 pitch from Tommy Hunter (6-5) down the right-field line.

Chris Davis hit his major league-best 52d homer for Baltimore.

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