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Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist congratulates his teammates following Saturday's 5-1 win over Baltimore

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Less than twelve hours after the Tampa Bay Rays needed eleven pitchers to pull out an 18-inning contest, Alex Cobb took Saturday's game in to his own hands.

The right-hander threw into the ninth inning, and Desmond Jennings homered and drove in four as Tampa Bay beat Baltimore 5-1.

Both Cobb and Miguel Gonzalez were rolling until the fifth, when the Orioles right-hander walked Jose Molina and Yunel Escobar, and after David DeJesus flew out for the first out of the inning, Jennings launched an offering into the left-field seats for a three-run homer to open the scoring.

Tampa Bay added on in the seventh, as Escobar tripled with one out and scored two batters later on a triple by Jennings.  Zobrist then singled up the middle to plate Jennings for a 5-0 lead.

Baltimore was held off the scoreboard until one out in the ninth inning, when DeJesus misplayed a Chris Davis fly ball into a triple, and Adam Jones drove Davis in with a single to end Cobb's night.

Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to end the game.

The same two teams hook up again Sunday.  Tampa Bay has yet to announce who will start Sunday, while Baltimore will hand the ball to Scott Feldman (12-10, 3.49 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 1:40, with pregame coverage starting on 1250 WHNZ and 97.9-FM WXTB (98 ROCK) beginning at 12:30 with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.