Sep 20, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings (8) doubles during the eighteenth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 in eighteen inning. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Desmond Jennings drove in four runs, Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Saturday in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.
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.
Tampa Bay (85-69) moved one game ahead of Cleveland (84-70), which led for the second wild-card berth pending its game against Houston later Saturday. The Orioles (81-73) dropped three games behind the Indians and now have three others teams in front of them.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)