MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - INSIDE PITCH


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's historic run became history on Wednesday at Tropicana Field.

The Tampa Bay Rays right-hander allowed a massive -- for him -- three runs in six innings as the New York Yankees won 3-2 and relegated to the annals his streak of 12 consecutive starts allowing two runs or less.

Cobb allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings, marking his shortest outing in his last 14 starts. He hadn't allowed as many as three runs since that same start -- and 6-3 win -- against Detroit. His streak of 12 straight starts allowing two or fewer runs is tied for the third-longest streak by an American League pitcher since records became available in 1914. He trailed on Seattle's Felix Hernandez (17, this season) and Detroit's Al Benton (15 in 1945).

"I felt really good early on," Cobb said. "For some reason, the ball just kept sailing on me up and away. I tried to make the proper adjustments, would end up yanking it."

Cobb was undone by a 39-pitch sixth inning in which the Yankees loaded the bases twice but ultimately scored just once for a 3-1 lead. The right-hander, who on Thursday came within five outs of throwing the first complete-game no-hitter against the Yankees since 1958, needed 39 pitches and a leaping catch at the wall by right fielder Wil Myers to escape trailing by just two runs. Shortstop Derek Jeter began the rally with a single to break an 0-for-28 slide and catcher Brian McCann and first baseman Mark Teixeira walked to load the bases. After working to a three-ball count with one out center fielder Brett Gardner hammered a pitch to the wall in right, but Myer's leaping catch under the home run barrier limited him to a run-scoring sacrifice fly. Cobb walked Chase Headley to load the bases again, but won a long struggle with Ichiro Suzuki to end the inning.

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MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 74-79

STREAK: Lost one

NEXT: Friday -- White Sox (LHP Jose Quintana, 8-10, 3.30 ERA) at Rays (RHP Jeremy Hellickson, 1-3, 3.63 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--RHP Alex Cobb allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings, marking his shortest outing in his last 14 starts. He hadn't allowed as many as three runs since that same start -- and 6-3 win -- against Detroit. His streak of 12 straight starts allowing two or fewer runs is tied for the third-longest streak by an American League pitcher since records became available in 1914. He trailed on Seattle's Felix Hernandez (17, this season) and Detroit's Al Benton (15 in 1945).

--3B Evan Longoria hit his 22nd homer and had an RBI groundout on Wednesday in a 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field, giving him 46 RBIs in 56 games since the All-Star break, passing his total (44) in 97 games before the break. He has 13 multi-RBI games since the break, compared to nine before it. "I'm pretty impressed with what he did since the All-Star break," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He's been outstanding. A lot of guys would have backed off base on the difficulty to that point."

--RHP Jeremy Hellickson is scheduled to start for the Rays on Friday when they commence a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. Hellickson (1-3, 3.63) matched a season-high with eight striekouts in six innings in his last start on Saturday at Toronto. He has not won as a starter at Tropicana Field in his last 11 starts.

--2B Nick Franklin stole two bases on Wednesday in a 3-2 Tampa Bay Rays loss to the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Franklin needs to maximize his offensive value anyway he can since being handed second base, as he is batting just .164 after going 1-for-4 on Wednesday.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Wil (Myers) saved me three runs right there. (Yankees CF Brett) Gardner just missed a grand slam there, so you walk away feeling fortunate. ... Just loss of command, fastballs up in the zone." -- Rays RHP Alex Cobb after a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

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MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - ROSTER REPORT