Coming off one of the worst starts in his career in Anaheim, Alex Cobb returned home with the best start of career Thursday night. Cobb hurled a complete-game shutout—his first in the big leagues—to down the A's in the Rays' 5-0 victory.

Pitching for Oakland was Tyson Ross, who was called up to replace the suspended Bartolo Colon.

All the offense in this game came from one inning, the fifth, when the Rays rallied for five runs. A Ryan Roberts sacrifice fly made it 1-0 and a Sam Fuld RBI single added on another run.

Later in the inning with two outs, Matt Joyce hooked a two-run double down the line to extend the Rays' lead to four. Evan Longoria followed with an RBI single to tack on one more.

There would be no more action in this game, as Cobb continued to silence the Oakland bats to got the distance.

The Rays improve to 70-55, and move to within just 2.5 games of the Yankees in the division. They remain alone atop the first Wild Card spot.

Notable Stat Lines:

  • A. Cobb (W,8-8): 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K through 9.0 IP
  • S. Fuld, 1-4, R, RBI
  • M. Joyce: 1-4, R, 2 RBI
  • E. Longoria: 2-4, 2 RBI
  • J. Keppinger: 2-3, R
  • R. Roberts, 1-2, RBI, SB

Rays News and Notes:

  • Desmond Jennings and Carlos Pena got the day off last night. Evan Longoria got the start at third, and looked pretty healthy as he made a very nice play.
  • Three Rays minor leaguers—including top prospect Ryan Brett—were handed a 50-game suspension yesterday after testing positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine.
  • The Rays look to make it two straight Friday night against the A's. Matt Moore (10-7, 3.57) will take the mound against Jarrod Parker (8-7, 3.48); first pitch at 7:10.
  • There will not be a game Sunday due to a national convention.