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Kadri added to Torontos lead
ST. Rashard Lewis Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Enny Romero was watching Tampa Bays 18-inning win Friday night at home in the Dominican Republic and tweeted he was ready to pitch the following afternoon. Given an unexpected chance, the Rays left-hander made the most of the opportunity on Sunday. Romero combined with five relievers on a three-hitter in his major league debut, leading Tampa Bay over the Baltimore Orioles 3-1. Tampa Bay remained a half-game ahead of Cleveland in the AL wild-card race, and Texas dropped 1 1/2 games behind the Indians for the second berth. "Enny just shows up after he tweets that he belongs here ... so we actually read twitter," Rays manager Joe Maddon said with a smile. "For all our minor leaguers out there, get on twitter and you might end up in the big leagues for the playoff run. Its fun to watch that we can bring up somebody from the minor leagues, under these circumstances, against a very good team, and get that kind of result." Tampa Bay beat Baltimore for the third time in the four-game series. The Orioles fell 4 1/2 games behind Cleveland. "Well have to get little co-operation mathematically, but youd be surprised how quickly the outlook on things change in one days time," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. Dating to the final 11 innings of the Rays 5-4 victory on Friday night, Tampa Bay pitchers limited Baltimore to two runs and 10 hits over 29 innings. "The pitching has been outstanding," Maddon said. "Weve gotten enough hitting. The defence has been great." Promoted from Triple-A Durham earlier in the day, Romero gave up Manny Machados leadoff single starting the game. But that was the only hit off Romero, who walked four and struck out none in 4 2-3 innings. "Very happy to stay here with the Rays," Romero said. "I appreciate the Rays called me." Romero was home Saturday when he got a call from his agent saying the Rays wanted him pitch the next day. He played catch before heading to the airport to catch a flight to Florida. Brandon Gomes (3-1) replaced Romero with two on and two outs in the fifth and struck out Machado. "Enny pitched unbelievable, so it would be a waste to have that not come through with a win," Gomes said. Romero went 11-7 with Double-A Montgomery before throwing eight scoreless innings for Durham on Sept. 2. He also pitched out of the bullpen for the Bulls on Sept. 13 in the International League playoffs. Tampa Bays original scheduled Sunday starter, Jeremy Hellickson, came out of the bullpen Friday night and threw 2 1-3 scoreless innings for the win. Fernando Rodney allowed Danny Valencias single and an RBI double off an overhanging catwalk by Matt Wieters with two outs in the ninth en route to his 36th save. Scott Feldman (5-5) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. "Basically were going to have win out and hope for the best on the other side," Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones. "We battle and we grind, and sometimes, as the saying goes, youre the bug and sometimes youre the windshield. The last couple days weve been the bug so we just have to get back to being that windshield." David DeJesus put the Rays up 1-0 on a leadoff homer in the first, a 10-pitch at-bat. It was his first homer since connecting on June 13 for the Chicago Cubs. Matt Joyce had a sacrifice fly and James Loney hit an RBI single during the sixth that made it 3-0. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, hitting .263 with 29 homers and 77 RBIs, was a late scratch due to flulike symptoms. He entered in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement. Tampa Bay centerfielder Desmond Jennings, who reached on a bunt single in the sixth, left with left hamstring tightness after running toward second on a foul ball. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI NOTES: Maddon would like to see the wild-card playoff expand from one game to best-of-three. For those worried about making the season longer, Maddon thinks playing a doubleheader during the series could be a viable option. ... Orioles RHP Chris Tillman, who hurt an ankle during Thursdays game against Boston, remains scheduled to make his next start Tuesday. ... The Rays are expected to activate RHP Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) on Monday. ... Tampa Bay selected the contract of RHP J.D. Martin from Durham to provide additional bullpen depth. He is expected to be designated for assignment Monday. Walt Hazzard Jersey . -- Adam Tambellini scored three times and set up one more as the Calgary Hitmen won their sixth in a row by crushing the host Lethbridge Hurricanes 8-1 on Saturday in Western Hockey League play. Paul Silas Jersey . He looked very comfortable Wednesday night. Konerko had a big three-run double and Gordon Beckham homered for the second straight game, leading the Chicago White Sox to an 8-3 victory over the sliding Chicago Cubs. .Ryan Anderson had 14 points for the Pelicans, who trailed 78-63 after three periods before trimming the deficit to 86-83. Jrue Holiday had 13 points and Eric Gordon added 12 for New Orleans.Mike Scott and Jeff Teague each had 11 points for Atlanta.Toronto, ON ( - Joffrey Lupul scored twice to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Nazem Kadri finished with a goal and two assists, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel also scored and Mike Santorelli tallied three assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won two straight games and four of five. Jonathan Bernier stopped 35-of-38 shots in the win. Jason Spezza, Ryan Garbutt and Ales Hemsky each lit the lamp and Kari Lehtonen made 35 stops for the Stars, who dropped their third consecutive game. The Maple Leafs got off to a quick start as Bozak made it 1-0 game 27 seconds into the contest. Dion Phaneuf kept Trevor Daleys clear attempt in the Dallas zone and Bozak gathered the loose puck, drifted across the slot and unleashed a wrister past Lehtonen for the early lead. Kadri added to Torontos lead with a wrister from the left circle with 4:44 to play in the first period. Toronto scored within the first minute of a period once again in the second as Kessels wrist shot on the ppower play 56 seconds into the stanza. Kevin Durant Jersey. Spezzas slap shot from the top of the right circle got Dallas on the board at 5:06, but Lupul restored the Maple Leafs three-goal lead midway through the stanza with a wrister. Bernier made an initial pad save on Alex Goligoskis blast, but Garbutt was there to sneak the rebound into the net for a 4-2 score 2:11 into the third. Lupul answered again less than three minutes later with a snap shot, but Hemskys snap shot with under five minutes remaining capped the scoring. Game Notes The Maple Leafs have earned a point in each of their last five games ... Toronto improved to 10-0-0 when scoring first ... Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov missed the game with a concussion that was sustained Saturday on a hard hit from Washingtons Alexander Ovechkin ... Garbutt returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for a kneeing Edmontons Taylor Hall ... The two teams will play again on Dec. 23 in Dallas. ' ' '

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