Good things come to those who wait.

In the bottom of the 13th inning at the stroke of midnight and after nearly five hours of baseball and record-setting pitching, Tampa Bay Rays' All-Star second baseman Ben Zobrist hit a two-out walk-off RBI single to score Yunel Escobar, giving the Rays a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 12,757 at Tropicana Field Wednesday night.

The win was the sixth walk-off victory for the Rays this year and fourth of Zobrist's career.

"He threw me some good pitches, threw me a good change-up, a good fastball and then I was just fortunate that he left the curve ball slider up in the zone where I could get my hands to it," said Zobrist, who was 0-for-4 with two walks before the game-winning at bat.


The Rays have now won seven straight, the longest streak in Major League Baseball, and eight consecutive home games, during which time they took sole possession of second place in the AL East.


Left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos pitched a shutout 13th inning to earn the win. The Rays bullpen set a season-high and club record of 19 strikeouts, while the 35 combined strikeouts in the game set a franchise record.


"The pitches were outstanding on both sides," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "We walked one and struck out 19 of them and their pitchers struck out 16 of us, but we did walk eight times."


In the 13th inning with one out, Escobar singled to reach first and advanced to second on a throwing error, the only error of the game. Following a pop fly to left field by Desmond Jennings, Luke Scott drew a walk to put two runners on.


The Rays certainly had their opportunities to take the lead earlier in the game.


With Wil Myers on first, Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks snagged the potential game-winner off the wall on deep ball from Kelly Johnson in the bottom of the 10th. In the bottom of the seventh, the Rays had runners on first and third with two outs but James Loney struck out.


"You can't say enough about our bullpen tonight," Zobrist said. "Our bullpen was just phenomenal, shutting it down with runners in position at times and a lot of big strikeouts. Our team is feeling good about it; hopefully we can get a sweep (today)."