AL Wild Card Watch - Rays notch 5-1 win over Orioles to maintain WC lead
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.