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 21⁄2 hours before the game ended.
Tampa Bay (85-69) moved one game ahead of Cleveland (84-70), which entered Saturday in the second wild-card position. The Orioles (81-73) dropped three games behind the Indians and have three other teams in front of them.
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 three-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.
"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.
PIRATES 4, REDS 2
PITTSBURGH -- A.J. Burnett scattered four hits over seven strong innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Saturday night.
Burnett (9-11) struck out a season-high 12 as the Pirates moved a game in front of Cincinnati for the top spot in the NL wild-card race. Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his 31st save, his first since going to the disabled list with a strained right forearm in July.
Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and Jose Tabata added two hits as the Pirates bounced back from a late collapse in a loss on Friday night.
Zach Cozart hit his 12th home run of the season for Cincinnati and Ryan Ludwick added an RBI but Homer Bailey (11-11) ended a winning streak at six straight decisions.
ATHLETICS 9, TWINS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics lowered their magic number to one for clinching their second straight AL West title, beating the Minnesota Twins 9-1 behind the pitching of Jarrod Parker and hitting of Alberto Callaspo.
The A's have won 12 of 15 and are 16 of their last 21, opening a season-high 71/2-game lead over second-place Texas entering Saturday. Texas was Kansas City later in the day.
Oakland players filed quietly off the field to a standing ovation from the Oakland Coliseum crowd after reliever Jerry Blevins got the final out.
Parker (12-7), who may start the A's postseason opener, gave up one run and four hits in six innings, allowed only two runners past first and didn't walk a batter for the fifth time this season. He gave up eight runs against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 16.
Callaspo matched his career highs with four hits and had three RBIs. Kurt Suzuki and Yoenis Cespedes homered for the A's, and Jed Lowrie had three hits.
RANGERS 3, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Garza pitched eight impressive innings for his first victory in six starts and the Texas Rangers kept close in the playoff race, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-1.
The Rangers won for only the fifth time in 19 September games. They remained a half-game behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card berth.
The Royals, out of the playoffs since winning the 1985 World Series, dropped 31/2 games in back of the Indians.
YANKEES 6, GIANTS 0
NEW YORK -- Ivan Nova thought discovering he was tipping pitches in his start against Boston last week made the difference. Manager Joe Girardi simply attributed this outing to better control.
No matter the reason, Nova's stellar September start kept the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card chase.
The right-hander pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout, Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run homer and the Yankees beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0.
Nova watched video between starts with pitching coach Larry Rothschild after giving up five runs -- four earned -- against the Red Sox. Nova thought he saw himself giving away some pitches, so he adjusted the way he held his glove, and he also worked on better curveball command.
The adjustments made for a 108-pitch gem.
A day before New York honors retiring closer Mariano Rivera in a pregame ceremony, Nova (9-5) gave the Yankees' bullpen a rest with his third complete game, all this year. He struck out seven and walked one in winning for the first time in four starts following poor efforts against AL East rivals Boston and Baltimore.
BRAVES 3, CUBS 1
CHICAGO -- The Atlanta Braves were in position to celebrate a division championship. Instead, they left themselves with another wait.
Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta 3-1 to keep the Braves on the brink of the NL East title.
Atlanta's magic number remained at one to clinch its first division title since 2005. Second-place Washington hosted Miami later Saturday in a game delayed by rain at the start.