Cobb won for the second time in May Tuesday against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. Cobb has posted a 3.00 ERA and .207 opponents' batting average in four May starts. He also has struck out 27 batters in 24 innings this month.
The Tampa Bay starter threw 107 pitches over 6 1/3 innings as he allowed just one earned run on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The only run he gave up came on a Colby Rasmus solo homer to right in the fifth.
Cobb (5-2) has been phenomenal this season with his 2.73 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He's struck out 54 over 59 1/3 innings and makes his next scheduled start Monday against Miami.
"I'm trying to attack the zone," Cobb said, per MLB.com. "Once I get to two strikes, then I'm trying to put guys away. I don't think I'm striking out too many guys. I'd obviously rather get balls put into play earlier in the count, put it on the ground. But when it doesn't go that way, you have to improvise and try to get the guy out to the best ability. Once there are two strikes, I try to put them away. It's just going that way right now. It won't be like that later in the year."
Cobb, who made his eighth start of the season, gave up a run-scoring single to David Ortiz in the fourth for his only damage of the night. He surrendered one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings of work, but failed to factor into the decision. He struck out six and walked two in a 4-3 defeat.
Cobb has struck out 19 in his last 11 innings of work. His ERA dropped to 2.89 after Tuesday's performance. The right-hander is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday at Toronto. He struck out seven and allowed just one run over seven innings of work in his previous meeting against the Blue Jays in 2012.
But he doesn't expect to keep the same game plan heading into his outing Thursday against the Red Sox.
"With a team like Boston, I won't have the same approach," he said to the Tampa Bay Times.
Cobb is concerned about cutting down on his home runs allowed. He's surrendered five in his last two starts after yielding two in his first five starts.
"That can't happen," he said. "I need to put the ball on the ground more."
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