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Cobb, Rays hit .500 after tough start, blank Yanks


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Now that they're back at the break-even point, the Tampa Bay Rays want to keep going and going.

Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and the Rays became just the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season, beating the New York Yankees 5-0 Friday night.

''Really proud of the boys,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''It was not easy.''

The Rays won their third in a row and sent New York to its fifth straight loss.

Tampa Bay also accomplished the comeback feat in 2004 when known as the Devil Rays. The 1899 Louisville Colonels and 2006 Florida Marlins have also gotten back . 500 after dropping 18 under.

The Rays, now 61-61, were 24-42 on June 10. They are trying to become the first club to finish with a winning record after being so far under.

''It started with Joe and not letting us believe that we were that team,'' Cobb said. ''It's mind-boggling that we went through the stretch we did, but we're back on track now.''

Cobb (8-6) gave up six hits in 7 1-3 innings, striking out eight and walking one. He improved 4-0 in six career home starts against the Yankees.

''Fabulous,'' Maddon said.

Cobb landed awkwardly on his left foot after fielding Brett Gardner's grounder in the sixth. He said the foot is fine, but expects some stiffness Saturday.

After giving up a single to Derek Jeter that loaded the bases, Brad Boxberger struck Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira.

''We didn't score,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said. ''That was the problem.''

Tampa Bay has held its opponents to three runs or less in a club-record 11 consecutive games.

Brandon McCarthy (4-2) gave up four runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings. New York has scored a total of seven runs during its current skid, which includes a pair of shutouts.

The Rays took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI grounders by Evan Longoria and James Loney.

Loney homered in the eighth when Esmil Rogers tried to quick pitch him.

Curt Casali singled home a run and Ben Zobrist hit the Rays' third RBI grounder of the game during the seventh as Tampa Bay took a 4-0 lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: C Brian McCann could be activated from the seven-day concussion list this weekend. ... RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow) will have his first bullpen session Saturday.

Rays: CF Desmond Jennings (sore left shoulder) was back in the starting lineup after missing two games.

BOXER TIME

Boxberger has allowed just one hit in 56 at-bats against left-handed hitters since May 21.

''I don't want (to talk about it),'' Maddon said of the right-hander's success. ''Let them figure it out.''

JETER METER

Jeter, who is retiring after the season, had two singles in four at-bats after getting a partial standing ovation before his first at-bat.

UP NEXT

Rays LHP Drew Smyly (7-10) and Yankees rookie RHP Shane Greene (3-1) are Saturday's scheduled starters. Smyly will make his first home start since being obtained from Detroit in a three-team deal July 31 that sent Tampa Bay ace David Price to the Tigers.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

A. Cobb
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
Tampa Bay

J. Loney
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brett Gardner, LF3000111.276.352.452
Derek Jeter, SS4020010.273.323.328
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000024.273.341.402
Mark Teixeira, 1B4020024.232.332.438
Carlos Beltran, DH4000003.240.296.429
Chase Headley, 3B4010022.234.307.358
Stephen Drew, 2B4010012.174.242.309
Martin Prado, RF3000012.260.307.359
Francisco Cervelli, C3010022.295.356.463
Brandon McCarthy, P0000000.138.138.138
   Esmil Rogers, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals33070112    
Batting
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Headley-Drew-Teixeira
E - Stephen Drew (5, Misplayed grounder), Chase Headley (7, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy (L,7-12) 6.1742170 4.24
Esmil Rogers 1.2111011 5.17
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 110-84, Esmil Rogers 15-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 11-2, Esmil Rogers 4-0
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 28, Esmil Rogers 6
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF4120011.244.324.385
Ben Zobrist, LF4111000.279.364.422
Matt Joyce, DH3000122.279.372.427
Evan Longoria, 3B4011000.253.324.394
James Loney, 1B4122001.289.341.378
Logan Forsythe, 2B4100022.249.298.367
Yunel Escobar, SS3000020.258.324.329
Curt Casali, C3111010.171.261.220
Kevin Kiermaier, RF3010000.271.325.485
Alex Cobb, P0000000.125.222.250
   Brad Boxberger, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3258518    
Batting
HR - James Loney (6, Rogers)
SH - Yunel Escobar (3)
RBI - Ben Zobrist (37), Evan Longoria (64), James Loney 2 (56), Curt Casali (2)
SB - Desmond Jennings (15, 2nd base off McCarthy/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Forsythe-Longoria-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Cobb (W,8-6) 7.1600180 3.19
Brad Boxberger (H,14) 0.2100020 1.90
Joel Peralta 1000020 3.75
WP - Alex Cobb (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Cobb 112-71, Brad Boxberger 11-9, Joel Peralta 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Cobb 9-4
Batters Faced - Alex Cobb 28, Brad Boxberger 3, Joel Peralta 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26535
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - Lance Barksdale