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Recap: Orioles 1, Rays 5
Boxscores    Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: September 21, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
  

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Gonzalez's margin for error was small, and he exceeded it by walking the first two Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth inning.

Desmond Jennings made the Baltimore pitcher pay with a three-run home run, and the Rays went on to beat the Orioles 5-1 in a matchup of exhausted teams on Saturday to maintain their lead in the AL wild-card race.

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``I put myself in a bad situation. You can't be doing that, especially late in the game,' Gonzalez said. ``I thought it was a good pitch (to Jennings), but you've just got to tip your hat.'

Jennings drove in four runs, and Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning just hours after the longest game in the history of both franchises.

The first pitch on Saturday was thrown four minutes short of 11 hours after the Rays' 5-4, 18-inning win over Baltimore that ended at 2:05 a.m. That game stretched on for 6:54. The breezed through on Saturday, in comparison, by playing only 2:51.

Tampa Bay (85-69) and Cleveland (85-70) hold the two AL wild-card positions, with Texas (84-70) a half-game back. The New York Yankees (82-73) overtook Baltimore, which is tied with Kansas City at 81-73 and trails by 3 1/2 games.

The Orioles never threatened Cobb (10-3) until the ninth inning when Chris Davis tripled and scored on Adam Jones' single. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter minimized the effect of Friday night's game.

``You'd be taking something away from Cobb,' Showalter said. ``He's pitched really well, and nobody is rested at this time of year. I think it was more Cobb than anything. He's got command of that changeup, to both left and right-handed hitters. He's impressive.'

Cobb didn't allow a hit until Steve Clevenger lined a single to right with two outs in the fifth. He struck out 12.

``He was pretty much unhittable,' Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth said. ``With that split finger, he can get someone with weak contact, and he's got pitches he can put you away with. So you go up there wanting to get him early but the ball moves so much, it's hard to get good contact.'

The ninth-inning run snapped Baltimore's streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings. McLouth also didn't use Friday's loss as an excuse.

``There was probably nobody on that field who wasn't feeling that game last night, but it didn't have an effect on the outcome,' he said. ``Certainly everybody on that field was a little tired.'

Fernando Rodney completed the five-hitter by getting two outs.

Pitching six days after straining his groin in a victory at Toronto, Gonzalez (10-8) gave up three runs, two hits and five walks in six innings.

``I think everybody knows he pitched pretty well, all things considered,' Showalter said. ``There wasn't going to be a whole lot of run-scoring opportunities the way Cobb's been pitching, as well as anybody in the American League, really. You have to have a well-pitched game against them.'

Jennings added an RBI triple in the seventh and scored on Ben Zobrist's single off Francisco Rodriguez.

Eleven players who went the distance Friday came back to start Saturday: Baltimore's Davis, Jones, Nick Markakis, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Danny Valencia, and Tampa Bay's Zobrist, DeJesus, Escobar, Wil Myers and Evan Longoria. Baltimore's Matt Wieters, who caught all 18 innings, was rested.

Someone jokingly wrote ``Early hitting 7 a.m.' on the message board in Tampa Bay's clubhouse Saturday morning.

NOTES: Baltimore recalled LHPs Mike Belfiore and Zach Britton from Triple-A Norfolk. ... Tampa Bay recalled LHP Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A Durham. ... Wil Myers went 0 for 8 Friday and became the first Tampa Bay player to go hitless in eight or more at_bats in one game. The rookie went 0 for 4 on Saturday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Orioles at Rays
Fri, Sep 20 Final 4 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Orioles at Rays
Sat, Sep 21 Final 1 to 5
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GAME 3
Orioles at Rays
Sun, Sep 22 Final 1 to 3
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GAME 4
Orioles at Rays
Mon, Sep 23 Final 4 to 5
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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  +135   -170   7.5 
 TAM  -145   +150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  +134   -160   7.5 
 TAM  -144   +140   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 BAL  65%   50%   26% 
 TAM  35%   50%   74% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Sep 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 4 Over: 9 
 TAM 5 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 2 Under: 6 
 BAL 4 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 7 Cover: +100 
 BAL 4 Over: 11 
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 Aug 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 4 Cover: +100 
 BAL 3 Under: 7 
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 Jun 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 10 Cover: +130 
 TAM 7 Over: 17 
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 Jun 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 0 Under: 8 
 TAM 8 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 BAL 1 Under: 3 
 TAM 2 Cover: +100 
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 May 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 3 Cover: +100 
 BAL 1 Under: 4 
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 May 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 10 Cover: +100 
 BAL 6 Over: 16 
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 May 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 12 Cover: +100 
 BAL 10 Over: 22 
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 MLB RECAPS
 Saturday, Sep 21
 
    Giants at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Orioles at Rays
1:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Cubs
4:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Indians
6:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Royals
7:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Brewers
7:10 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Rockies
8:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
8:40 PM EDT
    Mariners at Angels
9:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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