ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays rode the momentum of a marathon victory to another big win.
Desmond Jennings drove in four runs, Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning, and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Saturday in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.
"We've got to keep things going," Jennings said. "There's no relaxing or anything like that. Keep finding ways to win games."
The first pitch came 10 hours, 56 minutes after the Rays' 5-4, 18-inning win over Baltimore that ended at 2:05 a.m., a game that stretched on for 6:54 — a record time for both teams.
Saturday's game, by comparison, seemed to breeze by in 2:51.
"You can't put into words how appreciative you are when you're on the mound and these guys after an 18-inning game when you're in bed sleeping while they're putting together a win, and they come out with the same intensity for you the next day," Cobb said. "It's amazing."
Cobb, in a common practice, left the ballpark early Friday night and went to bed 2 1/2 hours before the game ended.
Tampa Bay (85-69) and Cleveland (85-70) hold the two AL wild-card positions, with Texas (84-70) a half-game back. The New York Yankees (82-73) overtook Baltimore, which is tied with Kansas City at 81-73 and trails by 3½ games.
Cobb didn't allow a hit until Steve Clevenger lined a single to right with two outs in the fifth. The Orioles had only two hits over the final 11 innings on Friday.
"I think it was more Cobb than anything," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "He's got command of that changeup, to both left and right-handed hitters. He's impressive."
Chris Davis tripled with one out in the ninth off Cobb, a fly ball David DeJesus struggled to locate in left. Adam Jones followed with an RBI single that chased Cobb, who struck out 12 and walked two. Closer Fernando Rodney completed the five-hitter.