Manny Machado blooped an RBI single that eluded left fielder Matt Joyce's desperate dive with two outs in the 14th inning, and Baltimore beat visiting Tampa Bay 3-2 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.
With their 81st victory -- and 13th in a row in extra innings -- the Orioles are assured no worse than a .500 record for the first time since 1997.
"There's a bigger goal in mind," manager Buck Showalter said. "We'd like to get a chair at the dance, you know?"
The Orioles (81-62), who finished in the A.L. East cellar in each of the previous four years, are tied for first place with the New York Yankees.
After briefly celebrating a victory that capped a 5-2 homestand against the Yankees and Rays, the Orioles packed in the clubhouse for a trip to Oakland.
"It makes that West Coast trip a little easier when you win," said closer Jim Johnson, part of a bullpen that kept Tampa Bay scoreless on four hits over the final 62/3 innings. "You can enjoy it for a little bit, the five hours you're on the flight, but that's about it."
Sixteen pitchers took part in the game, which lasted 5 hours, 14 minutes. Tampa Bay used a club-record 26 players, including nine pitchers.
Chris Archer (0-3) got the first two outs in the 14th before Adam Jones walked and Endy Chavez singled. Machado followed with a soft liner toward the line that Joyce trapped.
"I know it hit my glove on the bottom," Joyce said. "It was
Machado, a 20-year-old rookie, scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday night.
"I'm having a blast," he said.
The Orioles' success in extras this season matches the longest in the major leagues since Cleveland won 13 straight extra-inning games in 1995.
Yankees: Shortstop Derek Jeter tied Willie Mays for 10th place on the career hit list in New York's 2-0 victory over Boston. A looping RBI single to center field in the seventh was Jeter's 3,283rd hit. Mays needed 2,992 games to get there, Jeter 2,567. Eddie Collins is next with 3,313 hits.
"It's kind of hard to think about it now because you're trying to win games, but I'd be lying to you if I didn't think it was special," said Jeter, who hit leadoff as the designated hitter after pulling up lame a day earlier. In the eighth inning of the Yankees' 5-4 win Wednesday, he limped on an injured left ankle after lunging for first base on a double-play ground out.
Rangers: Center fielder Josh Hamilton wasn't in the lineup against Cleveland. He received an injection for his sore left knee and is expected to be return for Friday's game against Seattle. Infielder Mike Olt is expected to miss 10 to 14 days because of plantar fasciitis on his right foot.
Twins: All-Star catcher Joe Mauer was out of the lineup for the third straight night against Kansas City because of back spasms.
Mets: A New York fan who ran onto Citi Field after Johan Santana's no-hitter June 1 pleaded guilty to interfering with a pro sporting event. A judge ordered 32-year-old Rafael Diaz of Massapequa to pay $4,000 in civil penalties to the Mets and $1,000 to the city. He also must perform 100 hours of community service and can't visit Citi Field for year, although the Mets already have banned him for life.