It was Joe Maddon said a signature win. And to emphasize his point he moved his right hand in the air as if he were signing his name.

Or writing Tampa Bay Rays.

Or writing something however he wanted to sign the Rays 4-3 12th-inning win Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers in front of 14827 at Tropicana Field.

“I want to believe this game has to give us some kind of impetus moving forward” the Rays' manager said.

The Rays moved back into first place in the American League wild-card standings a game ahead of the Rangers. That also extended their lead over the Cleveland Indians to 1½ games.

The victory came when Desmond Jennings redeemed himself from another fielding miscue in center field with a one-out single in the 12th inning that scored Sam Fuld from second base with the winning run.

“I definitely wanted to redeem myself a little bit” Jennings said.

It was the Rays' 11th walk-off win of the season and the second walk-off hit this year for Jennings.

Fuld was pinch-running for Jose Lobaton who singled to start the inning. Yunel Escobar moved Fuld into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.

It was little things like that which allowed the Rays to win for the second time in this series and for the fifth time in their last seven games.

There was Freddy Guzman who joined the team Tuesday for the sole purpose of stealing bases stealing second base in the 11th inning and scoring on a single by David DeJesus to make it a 3-3 game.

“He's definitely something nice to have” Sean Rodriguez said.

There was Matt Joyce just two hits this month working a two-out walk in the 11th inning that allowed Guzman the chance to pinch-run and DeJesus the chance to get a big hit.

“We're battling for that spot and to be able to get a hit when we needed it it was a relief” DeJesus said. “It changed the momentum in the game and we felt like we were going to be able to push that run across.”

There was Brandon Gomes who replaced Alex Torres with two-out and runners at second and third in the top of the 12th inning and struck out Ian Kinsler on three pitches to preserve the 3-3 tie and set up the bottom of the inning.

There was Rodriguez whose two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning tied the score at 2-2.

“He threw me a pitch in can hit” Rodriguez said. “I was fortunate I got a good barrel on it.”