Desmond Jennings was walking up the tunnel to the Rays’ clubhouse after Friday’s win with Evan Longoria when Longoria said, “We’re the fourth team to do this.”

“Do what?” Jennings replied.

Oh, reach .500 after being at least 18 games under at one point during the season.

“I didn’t even know our record,” Jennings said after the Rays beat the Yankees 5-0 on Friday night in front of 26,535 fans at Tropicana Field to reach .500 for the first time since April 22.

“I wasn’t thinking about it, and I don’t know if anybody else really was,” added Ben Zobrist. “We were just focused on getting back into those winning ways.”

The Rays certainly have done that, with a 37-19 record since June 11. They have won seven of their last nine games and are just 51⁄2 games out of the second wild-card spot.

“It’s good to get back to .500,” Jennings said, “but we’re just trying to win games and get to the playoffs, so we’d have to get to .500 at some point.”

And that mentality is one reason why the Rays have been able to make the climb out of the abyss and join the 1899 Louisville Cardinals (22 games under), 2006 Marlins (20 games under) and the 2004 Devil Rays (18 games under) as the four teams to reach .500 after being at least 18 under. None of those three finished with a winning record.