Tuesday night continued a critical series with the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. This time it was the 24 year old Alex Cobb’s turn. The ground ball pitcher certainly got his ground balls Tuesday and was able to retire 14 of his last 15 batters faced. With this performance by Cobb, all the Rays needed were some hits.

The Yankees got to Cobb early in the first when Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

The Rays bounced right back in the bottom of the first with an RBI double by B.J. Upton to drive in Desmond Jennings 2-1.

After a great at bat by Ben Zobrist to draw a walk, Evan Longoria gave Tampa Bay the lead with a two run home run in the third inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Rays hit back to back solo homers to lead off the inning. The first one was hit by Desmond Jennings and B.J. Upton followed him up with his solo shot.

That would be beyond what the Rays needed as Rodney closed it out in the ninth for his 42nd save of the season. The Rays are now 75-61 and they are 1.5 games out in the wild card and AL east.

notable stat lines

  • Alex Cobb W(9-8) 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Freddy Garcia L(7-6) 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
  • Desmond Jennings (1-3) 2 R, BB, HR, RBI
  • B.J Upton (2-4) R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
  • Evan Longoria (1-3) BB, HR, 2 RBI
  • Carlos Pena (0-1) 2 BB

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Rays news and notes

  • Tomorrow the Rays go for the sweep against the Yankees at the Trop. It will be Hiroki Kuroda (12-10, 3.04 ERA) vs. Matt Moore (10-8, 3.58 ERA). First pitch is at 7:10 EST.
  • Robinson Cano and Evan Longoria were both back in the lineup for their teams Teusday night.