ST. PETERSBURG -- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wednesday night's Rays-A's game -- 3 hours, 53 minutes -- was the longest in Major League history in which one of the teams had one or no hits.
Per research conducted by the Rays' public relations staff, since 2000, there have been 246 games in which a team had one hit or fewer, and only 11 went longer than three hours. The longest of those occurred at Tropicana Field on April 30, 2009, when the Rays held the Red Sox to one hit in a 13-0 win lasting 3:20.
The Rays have averaged 3 hours and 18 minutes in nine-inning games this season, the longest in the Major Leagues.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.