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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Cobb wasn't sure if he should be elated or disappointed.
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"I don't know if that's a good thing," Cobb said when told he'd become the first player in major league history to fan that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth. "As a starting pitcher, you want to go at least five innings every time out."
The right-hander left after throwing 117 pitches. He recorded 12 of 14 outs on strikeouts -- four of them in the third, when a wild pitch on strike three allowed Will Venable to reach base.
The other outs were recorded on grounders to shortstop in the first and third base in the fourth.
"I can't really explain why or how that happened. It was just one of those weird days," Cobb said. "Obviously, that's not my goal. I never go into a game trying to strike everybody out. I was trying to put balls over the plate and have them make weak contact, and they were swinging and missing."
The Padres struck out 18 times overall.
"He had his changeup going and it was tough to differentiate that from the fastball, and he had us on our heels the whole night," Venable said. "He pitched really well, and we just weren't able to make the adjustment."
Roberts and Zobrist both delivered two-run singles in the seventh, when reliever Dale Thayer (0-2) inherited a 3-2 lead from Padres starter Edinson Volquez. Jake McGee (1-2) pitched one inning for the victory, and Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.
Venable and Carlos Quentin hit solo homers off Cobb in the first for San Diego. Chris Denorfia also singled twice off the Tampa Bay starter, who allowed three runs, five hits, one walk and hit a batter.
Trailing 3-2, Cobb struck out Chase Headley and Quentin to begin the fifth. He was removed after walking Yonder Alonso, ending a streak of Tampa Bay starting pitchers working at least five innings in every game this season at 34 -- the second-longest stretch to begin a season behind the 1981 Pittsburgh Pirates (45).
Rays manager Joe Maddon had no regrets about not allowing Cobb to continue.
"I just could not permit it and feel good about myself at that point. His career is way too important to him and his family and to us," Maddon said.
"At the end of the day it's about the Rays. And for me, it's about the future of these players. ... To have him injure himself because he's going to throw 125 pitches in five innings, that would be on me. You have to be careful at that point."
Umpires Fieldin Culbreth, Brian O'Nora, Bill Welke and Adrian Johnson worked the game. Earlier in the day, Major League Baseball suspended Culbreth for two games because he was in charge of the crew when it allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning on Thursday.
Culbreth, O'Nora, Welke and Johnson were also fined an undisclosed amount after MLB admitted its umpires made a mistake for the second straight day.
Culbreth told a pool reporter after Friday's game that he takes "all the responsibility" for what happened.
As for the discipline?
"I look at it that baseball has high standards for their umpires and I have high standards for myself and I didn't meet those standards last night, so I am absolutely OK with everything," Culbreth said.
Cobb had nine strikeouts in the first three innings. He worked an extended third, when his wild pitch enabled Venable to reach base. The Padres center fielder stole second and third base, then scored on a balk to make it 3-0.
The Rays starter became the second Tampa Bay pitcher to fan four batters in an inning, joining Jeremy Hellickson, who did it against Detroit on Aug. 25, 2011.
Volquez allowed three runs and three hits in six innings. Evan Longoria had two of the hits off the right-hander, including a RBI single in the third. Tampa Bay a second run in the third on a wild pitch.
|The Rays' Alex Cobb becomes the first pitcher in history to fan 13 batters and fail to make it through the fifth inning. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|San Diego Padres|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||5||0||1||0||0||4||3||.254|
|Will Venable, CF||4||2||1||1||0||2||3||.244|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||0||.304|
|Carlos Quentin, DH||3||1||1||1||1||2||1||.176|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.268|
|Jedd Gyorko, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.256|
|Kyle Blanks, LF||3||0||0||0||1||2||0||.255|
|Chris Denorfia, RF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Nick Hundley, C||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.265|
|HR - Will Venable (5, Cobb), Carlos Quentin (3, Cobb)|
|RBI - Will Venable (14), Carlos Quentin (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (4)|
|SB - Will Venable 2 (7, 2nd base off Cobb/Lobaton, 3rd base off Cobb/Lobaton), Chris Denorfia (3, 2nd base off Cobb/Lobaton)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Nick Hundley (2, Throwing), Dale Thayer (1, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Dale Thayer (BS,1; L,0-2)||0||3||4||3||0||0||0||3.38|
|WP - Edinson Volquez (6), Anthony Bass (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 100-56, Dale Thayer 18-12, Anthony Bass 24-14, Brad Boxberger 17-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 8-7, Dale Thayer 1-0, Brad Boxberger 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 25, Dale Thayer 4, Anthony Bass 5, Brad Boxberger 4|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Matt Joyce, LF||4||2||2||0||1||0||0||.228|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||2||1||2||1||1||1||.247|
|Ben Zobrist, RF||3||0||1||2||1||0||2||.266|
|Evan Longoria, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||2||2||.336|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.376|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.296|
|Sam Fuld, CF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.176|
|Jose Lobaton, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.259|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||3||1||0||0||0||1||1||.175|
|SH - Yunel Escobar (2)|
|RBI - Ryan Roberts 2 (10), Ben Zobrist 2 (24), Evan Longoria (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria (9)|
|SB - Ben Zobrist (3, 2nd base off Volquez/Hundley), James Loney (2, 2nd base off Bass/Hundley), Sam Fuld (2, 3rd base off Volquez/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Loney-Escobar|
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|Jake McGee (W,1-2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||10.38|
|Joel Peralta (H,7)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.35|
|Fernando Rodney (S,5)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||4.26|
|HBP - Hundley (by Alex Cobb)|
|WP - Alex Cobb (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 117-77, Josh Lueke 14-9, Jake McGee 12-8, Joel Peralta 10-5, Fernando Rodney 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 2-0, Josh Lueke 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 23, Josh Lueke 4, Jake McGee 3, Joel Peralta 3, Fernando Rodney 4|
|Attendance - 12424|
|Game Time - 3:26|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|