Enny Romero pitched well in his major league debut, combining with five relievers on a three-hitter as the AL wild card-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1, Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Rays held their half-game edge over Cleveland in the race for the top wild card.
Tampa Bay beat Baltimore for the third time in the four-game series. The Orioles fell 4½ games behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot.
Promoted from Triple A Durham earlier in the day, Romero gave up Manny Machado’s leadoff single to start the game. But that was the only hit off Romero, who walked four and struck out nobody in 4⅔ innings.
Brandon Gomes (3-1) replaced Romero with two on and two outs in the fifth and struck out Machado. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.