ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - The Minnesota Twins overcame a late rally to edge out the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 after 13 innings Wednesday in a match-up between two of the American League's in-form teams.
After losing the opening two contests of the four-game series, the Twins recorded their ninth win in 11 when Delmon Young's single to left field brought Alexi Casilla home for the winning run in the top of the fourth extra frame.
Scott Baker pitched eight shutout innings for the Twins while Tampa Bay's David Price was unable to become the first AL pitcher to register 15 wins this season, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings as he struck out seven and walked two.
"Baker was fantastic for us, and their lefty (All Star starter Price) wasn't too bad either," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters.
The loss was just the second for the home team in 12 games and allowed the New York Yankees, 5-1 winners over the Toronto Blue Jays, to draw level with the Rays at the top of the American League East Standings on identical 67-40 records.
"When you lose a game like that in 13 innings, you've had a ton of opportunities and we just did not take advantage," Tampa manager Joe Maddon lamented.
Matt Guerrier pitched two perfect innings to pick up the win for the Twins (60-48), who remained 1 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the Central Division.
Both teams had to cover for injuries to regulars as the Twins were without first baseman Justin Morneau, who is still recovering from concussion, while Tampa relievers Joaquin Benoit and Rafael Soriano remain unavailable.
(Editing by John O'Brien)