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Cobb pitches gem as Rays maintain lead in wild-card race

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- 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 2½ 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 3 1/2 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.

Miguel Gonzalez (10-8) gave up three runs, two hits and five walks in six innings. The right-hander had been 2-0 with an 0.92 ERA in his previous three starts at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay went ahead in the fifth when Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar walked. One out later, Jennings hit his career-high 14th homer.

Jennings added an RBI triple in the seventh and scored on Ben Zobrist's single off Francisco Rodriguez.

Eleven players who went the distance on Friday came back to start on Saturday: Baltimore's Davis, Jones, Nick Markakis, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Danny Valencia, and Tampa Bay's Zobrist, Escobar, David DeJesus, Wil Myers and Evan Longoria. Baltimore's Matt Wieters, who caught all 18 innings, was rested.

"I was worried with the guys that went all the way, and they did fine," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Showalter agreed.

"Everybody was engaged and ready to play today," Showalter said. "No excuses."

Someone jokingly wrote "Early hitting 7 a.m." on the message board in Tampa Bay's clubhouse Saturday morning.

Notes

Baltimore recalled LHPs Mike Belfiore and Zach Britton from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Tampa Bay recalled LHP Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Durham. ... Myers went 0 for 8 on Friday and became the first Tampa Bay player to go hitless in eight or more at-bats in a game. The rookie went 0 for 4 Saturday.

 
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Alex Cobb K's 12 over 8 1/3 innings for the Rays, who win the matchup of exhausted teams after an 18-inning game Friday night. (USATSI)
Alex Cobb K's 12 over 8 1/3 innings for the Rays, who win the matchup of exhausted teams after an 18-inning game Friday night. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

D. Jennings
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

M. Gonzalez
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 3
BB 5
K 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF4010000 .260
Manny Machado, 3B3000110 .282
Chris Davis, 1B4110011 .288
Adam Jones, CF3011111 .289
Nick Markakis, RF4010012 .269
J.J. Hardy, SS4000022 .262
Danny Valencia, DH3000021 .301
Steve Clevenger, C3010010 .200
Alexi Casilla, 2B3000031 .214
Miguel Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   Steve Johnson, P0000000 .000
Totals31151212  
Batting
3B - Chris Davis (1, Cobb)
RBI - Adam Jones (106)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Casilla-Davis, Hardy-Casilla-Davis-Hardy-Casilla-Davis
E - J.J. Hardy (11, Throwing)
PB - Steve Clevenger (1)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (L,10-8) 6233521 3.94
Francisco Rodriguez 1422010 2.56
Steve Johnson 1100000 7.07
WP - Francisco Rodriguez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 96-54, Francisco Rodriguez 23-16, Steve Johnson 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 6-10, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1, Steve Johnson 1-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 25, Francisco Rodriguez 7, Steve Johnson 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
David DeJesus, LF3000113 .251
Desmond Jennings, CF3224101 .249
Ben Zobrist, 2B4011001 .272
Evan Longoria, 3B3010110 .263
Wil Myers, RF4000014 .288
   Sam Fuld, RF0000000 .196
Delmon Young, DH4010000 .257
James Loney, 1B4010002 .294
Jose Molina, C3100102 .239
Yunel Escobar, SS2210101 .261
Alex Cobb, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals3057553  
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (15, M. Gonzalez)
3B - Desmond Jennings (6, Rodriguez), Yunel Escobar (1, Rodriguez)
HR - Desmond Jennings (14, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Desmond Jennings 4 (54), Ben Zobrist (70)
2-OUT RBI - Desmond Jennings (25), Ben Zobrist (18)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb (W,10-3) 8.15112120 2.90
Fernando Rodney 0.2000000 3.36
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 117-76, Fernando Rodney 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 11-1, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 31, Fernando Rodney 2
Game Information
Attendance - 23835
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman