ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer led off the ninth inning with a tying homer and Kevin Kiermaier beat out a two-out single for the winning run as the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 Sunday.
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 43rd homer for the Orioles, who lost for the fourth time in 12 games. Baltimore started the day 4 1-2 games behind Houston for the second AL wild card.
Trying for his 35th save, Zach Britton (4-1) instead let a 6-5 lead get away and wound up with his fourth blown chance.
After Guyer homered, Evan Longoria hit a one-out triple. Logan Forsythe was intentionally walked, Richie Shaffer drew another walk to load the bases and Joey Butler struck out. Kiermaier followed with a slow roller to second and hustled for a hit.
Kirby Yates (1-0) got two outs in the ninth for the win.
Longoria had Paul Janish's two-out grounder in the eighth go between his legs at third base for a two-base error that allowed Steve Pearce to score from first base. Gerardo Parra's RBI single made it 6-4.
Tampa Bay pulled within 6-5 on pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera's sacrifice fly later in the eighth.
Forsythe gave the Rays a 4-3 lead with his three-run homer in the fifth. It was his fourth hit in five career at-bats against Kevin Gausman.
The Orioles tied it at 4 when Janish ended Jake Odorizzi's day on a sixth-inning RBI single.
After Manny Machado hit an RBI single, Davis made it 3-1 on his opposite-field drive into the left-field stands during the third.
Orioles: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (right shoulder) threw off a bullpen mound.
Rays: LHP Jake McGee (left knee) threw 32 pitches in his second simulated game and might return this week. ... C Curt Casali hamstring) caught McGee and said he is not quite ready to return. ... LHP Xavier Cedeno, out since Sept. 5 with left side soreness, retired Davis on a ninth-inning grounder.
Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9) will go against Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez (11-7) in the opener of a three-game interleague series Monday night. The Orioles lost two of three to the Nationals July 10-12.
Rays: RHP Chris Archer (12-12) needs 1 2-3 innings in his start Monday night at Boston to reach 200 innings in a season for the first time. The Red Sox starter is LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (9-6).