ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Desmond Jennings singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning on Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Rays took back the top American League wild-card spot with a 4-3 win at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay (83-68) entered the game tied with the Rangers (82-69) for that spot.
The walk-off, the 11th this season for the Rays and the second for Jennings, atoned for a defensive miscue hours earlier that had given Texas a 2-0 lead.
Jose Lobaton started the rally singling off Joseph Ortiz (2-2). Pinch-runner Sam Fuld took second on a Yunel Escobar sacrifice bunt and scored on Jennings' single, well ahead of a throw from right fielder Alex Rios.
The Rangers had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the 10th inning off Rays' reliever Roberto Hernandez. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a single by Adrian Beltre.
But the Rays' offense bailed Hernandez out in the bottom half of the inning off Joe Nathan.
With two outs, Matt Joyce walked. Freddy Guzman pinch ran, stole second and came around to tie the game up on a David DeJesus single.
NOTES: The Rays and Rangers are attempting to become the fourth and fifth teams to endure slumps of 4-13 or worse in the final six weeks of a season and still advance to the playoffs. ... The Rays transferred OF Brandon Guyer (fractured right middle finger) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for OF Freddy Guzman, whom they selected off the Triple-A Durham roster Wednesday. ... Ian Kinsler started at designated hitter as the Rangers continue to struggle for production at the spot. Lance Berkman was DH the previous two days, but he entered Wednesday mired in an 0-for-22 morass. Jurickson Profar started at second in his first action in a week. Rangers manager Ron Washington said he expects Jeff Baker to DH on Thursday against LHP Matt Moore. Texas traded DH Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor-leaguers last offseason. ... Leonys Martin's second-inning triple gave him two doubles, a triple and homer in a six-at-bat stretch against the Rays.