Rasmussen perfect through 8, pitches Rays past Orioles 4-1

  • Tampa Bay Rays starter Drew Rasmussen, three outs away from a perfect baseball game, acknowledges the fans after allowing Baltimore Orioles’ Jorge Mateo’s double during the ninth inning Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starter Drew Rasmussen pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Drew Rasmussen took a perfect game into the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays expanded their lead over Baltimore for the final AL wild card to 1 1/2 games with a 4-1 victory over the Orioles on Sunday.