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Rays 5, Orioles 1

Rays keep running after marathon win

Fernando Rodney, who threw in Tampa’s 18-inning win Friday, closed Saturday’s game.


Fernando Rodney, who threw in Tampa’s 18-inning win Friday, closed Saturday’s game.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays rode the momentum of a marathon victory to another big win.

Desmond Jennings homered and drove in four runs, Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth, and the Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-1, Saturday afternoon in a matchup of exhausted teams to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.

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‘‘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 David DeJesus’s one-out RBI single in the 18th inning of the Rays’ 5-4 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.

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DeJesus ended Friday’s game by scoring Jennings, who reached on a one-out double in off Bud Norris — the Orioles’ 10th pitcher and one of a big league-record 21 used in the game.

Jeremy Hellickson, Sunday’s scheduled starter, allowed one hit in 2 innings of relief for the win. Enny Romero will make his major league debut in Hellickson’s place.

Tampa Bay (85-69) and Cleveland (85-70) hold the two wild-card positions, with Texas (84-70) a half-game back. The Yankees (82-73) overtook Baltimore, which is tied with Kansas City at 81-73, and trails by 3½ games.

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