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Alex Cobb dominates as Orioles suffer third straight loss

Sep 21, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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After using 11 pitchers in 18 innings last night, the Rays needed a big outing from Alex Cobb this afternoon. He delivered, allowing just one run over 8 1/3 innings in a 5-1 victory over the Orioles.

Cobb was in control throughout, giving up just five hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters. He entered the ninth inning with a chance at a shutout, but David DeJesus misplayed a fly ball off the bat of Chris Davis and Adam Jones followed with an RBI single. Fernando Rodney secured the final two outs.

Cobb allowed two runs over eight innings and struck out 10 on Monday against the Rangers, so he’s stepping up at just the right time for the Rays. The 25-year-old right-hander now has a 2.90 ERA and 130/43 K/BB ratio over 136 1/3 innings this season.

Desmond Jennings drove in four out of the five runs for the Rays this afternoon, connecting for a three-run homer in the fifth inning and an RBI triple in the seventh. The 26-year-old only has a .246 batting average this season, but he has established new career-highs with 14 home runs and 54 RBI.

As for the Orioles, time is running out for them to make a run. Here’s our up-to-the-minute AL Wild Card standings:

Tampa Bay – 85-69
Cleveland – 84-70
Texas – 83-70 (.5 games back)
Kansas City – 81-72 (2.5 games back)
New York – 82-73 (2.5 games back)
Baltimore – 81-73 (3 games back)

  1. aceinthehole12 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Appears as if Tampa and Boston are the ones coming out of the east.

    • dan1111 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      The Rays still play two against the Os and three against the Yankees, so it’s not quite written in stone yet.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Nice to see some fans in the stadium. Cobb was great. Baltimore is almost toast. With few games remaining, both NY and Baltimore are 3 gams back in the loss column. They pretty much would have to win out.

  3. themagicfanguy - Sep 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    At least it’s been a good race.

  4. aceshigh11 - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Both Tampa Bay and the Orioles have the capability to be super-dangerous to the Red Sox.

    Gonna be a fun, fun postseason, regardless of the outcome.

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