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BALTIMORE -- The Tampa Bay Rays apparently have no intention of sleepwalking to the finish of a disappointing season. .Although the Rays have been eliminated from playoff contention, they gave the Baltimore Orioles all they could handle Friday night before falling 5-4.Unlike Tampa Bay, Baltimore is in full-blown playoff mode. The Orioles are locked in a duel for the top spot in the AL East and competing for, at worst, one of the two wild cards.Tampa Bay went up 4-0 in the second inning and fell behind 5-4 in the eighth before nearly pulling even in the ninth against Baltimores perfect closer, Zach Britton.With two outs, Mike Mahtook singled off the second base bag. Alexei Ramirez followed with a liner to left, and Mahtook wheeled toward home. The relay from Michael Bourn to third baseman Manny Machado to catcher Matt Wieters easily beat him there.I knew it was going to be close, just based on the way Alexi hit the ball, Mahtook said. Left-field line, it wasnt like he had super long way to run for it. I was on the move, he made a good play, and they were able to get me.Evan Longoria hit his career-high 34th homer and Richie Shaffer also connected for the last-place Rays.Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and struck out four to increase his AL-leading total to 221. The 18-game loser also avoided setting a franchise record for losses in a season.Cant say Im pleased with the way things went, the right-hander said. We lost the game.Archer was replaced after giving up successive one-out singles in the seventh. Danny Farquhar hit Adam Jones with a pitch to load the bases for Hyun Soo Kim, who hit a deep liner to center. Kevin Kiermaier leaped with his back to the 7-foot wall, grasped the ball and brought it back onto the field before it popped from his glove.Thats a grand slam with any other center fielder, Rays manager Kevin Cash said.Kim was limited to an RBI single, and Farquhar struck out Machado and Davis.But Baltimore would not be denied in the eighth against wild reliever Brad Boxberger (4-2).Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for J.J. Hardy, who tied it with an infield single. Bourn followed with a fly ball to left field, and pinch-runner Nolan Reimold easily scored as the throw was cut off.Brad Brach (9-3) worked the eighth and Britton escaped with his 44th save in 44 tries.If we get to where were looking for, Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez said, its one of those games that you can point out: What was the game that made the difference?Longoria homered off Ubaldo Jimenez with a man on in the first inning and Shaffer went deep in the second for a 4-0 lead.Pedro Alvarez hit his 21st home run in the second for Baltimore and Chris Davis delivered No. 38 in the fourth. Davis also struck out twice and has 201 for the year.Baltimores Mark Trumbo, the major league home run leader with 42, was sidelined with back spasms. It was only the second game hes missed this season.OUT IN LEFT FIELDBrad Miller usually plays shortstop or first base for the Rays. In an effort to gauge Millers versatility and add flexibility to the roster, Cash started him in left field.It didnt take long for Miller to get noticed: The second Baltimore batter of the game hit a pop to left that glanced off Millers glove for an error.The glove was borrowed from Farquhar.TRAINERS ROOMRays: 1B Nick Franklin, who strained his hamstring on Thursday, was held from the game. Cash listed him day-to-day.Orioles: RHP Darren ODay (rotator cuff strain) threw 26 pitches in a simulated game and could be activated Sunday or Monday. ... OF Joey Rickard (thumb) took a couple of practice swings, and it did not go well, manager Buck Showalter said.UP NEXTRays: Matt Adriese (7-7, 4.46 ERA) starts Saturday night, coming off his first career win against the Yankees on Sunday. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 9.24 ERA lifetime vs. Baltimore.Orioles: Chris Tillman (16-5, 3.68) makes his second start since being activated from the DL with right shoulder bursitis. He beat Detroit on Sunday. . -- Anaheim Ducks defenceman Luca Sbisa will be out at least six weeks with a torn tendon in his right hand. . The lawyers filed a 33-page amended complaint Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, expanding on the suit originally filed Oct. 3 in New York Supreme Court. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz last week refused to compel Selig to testify in the grievance, and Rodriguez then walked out of the hearing without testifying. . But when it comes to determining if Raymond will find a place on the Leafs roster when training camp concludes in a week, well, that decision will ultimately fall to the head coach. NEW ORLEANS -- Their shared numbers are ugly and humbling.At 4-18, the Philadelphia 76ers have the worst record in the NBA and have nine healthy players.Losers of three straight games despite the presence of a league superstar, the 7-15 Pelicans own the sixth-worst record in the NBA and have the flesh wounds to prove it.So when the Pelicans host the 76ers in a match of NBA bottom-feeders Thursday night at the Smoothie King Center, its natural to assume the worst -- of both.Its very frustrating, to be honest with you, said New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, whose team dropped a 110-108 double-overtime decision at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night despite Anthony Davis 28 points and 17 rebounds in 48 1/2 minutes. I just had higher expectations and thought that we would have fewer injuries, to be honest with you.The Pelicans played without point guard Jrue Holiday in the Monday loss Memphis, and his absence was deeply felt. Holiday missed the first six weeks of the season while caring for his wife Lauren, who gave birth to their first child and then underwent successful surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.When Holiday returned to the lineup, the Pelicans won a season-best five consecutive games at home, but Holiday sustained a turf toe injury during a Sunday night loss at OKC. The pain was so debilitating that Holiday could not push off on his left foot.Holidays status for the 76ers game is uncertain.I didnt know how excruciating it could be, Holiday said on Wednesday. People dont understand that when you hurt your toe, you cant do anything. If I could walk on my hands I would or if I could just cut it off it would be great.Amputation might be considered going a little bit beyond the NBAs standard players contract.While Gentry is trying to plug leaks in his lineup -- guarrd ETwaun Moore missed the Memphis game with a toe injury and forward Dante Cunningham has a broken bone in his leg -- he is hoping his players can soldier through. Little irritants have blossomed into bigger problems. The Pelicans held solid leads against Memphis at the end of regulation and at the close of the first overtime period but allowed the Grizzlies to make big shots to extend the game.Gentry took the blame for one late-game snafu -- he drew up an inbounds play that had the ball being thrown in from the opposite side of the court.One of them we drew up on the right side of the floor and the ball was on the left side, Gentry said. I take full responsibility for that. Im not going to dodge anything.Davis leads the NBA in scoring (31.6) and blocks (2.81) and is sixth in rebounding (11.4), but his heavy lifting is beginning to wear him down. He also leads the NBA in minutes played (38.0).Its just unfortunate for him because to me, hes having an unbelievable, MVP season, Gentry said. When I think about what hes done and the defenses hes faced and still the numbers hes put up -- not just offensive numbers but being able to lead the league in blocked shots and being really solid defensively -- its unfortunate.The Sixers had just nine players available in a 96-91 loss at Memphis on Tuesday night, and Jerryd Bayless (left wrist), Robert Covington (left knee sprain) and Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) are not expected to join the team in New Orleans.This (was) our fourth game in five nights, said coach Brett Brown. We came down with nine guys, and youre playing against a veteran, tough, playoff-hard Memphis team. I was proud of their effort. 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