St. Petersburg, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Alex Cobb allowed one run over 8 1/3 frames while Desmond Jennings drove in four runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles Saturday at Tropicana Field.
Cobb gave up five hits and fanned 12 to improve his record to 10-3 and put Tampa Bay (85-69) one game ahead of Cleveland for the American League’s first Wild Card spot, pending the Indians’ contest with the Houston Astros later in the night.
Jennings went 2-for-4, including a three-run homer for a career-high 14th long ball of the year and a run-scoring triple, while Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single for the Rays.
Miguel Gonzalez (10-8) allowed three runs on two hits with five walks and two strikeouts as the Orioles (81-73) lost their third straight game, dropping them three behind in the Wild Card hunt with eight games left to play.
Cobb was perfect through the first four innings before catcher Steve Clevenger gave the Orioles their first hit with two outs in the fifth with a single to right. Cobb responded by striking out Alexi Casilla for his seventh strikeout of the game.
Gonzalez also kept the run column clean for the first four innings but he gave up two walks in the fifth before Jennings barreled a 93-mph fastball to left field for a 3-0 lead.
Jennings was at it again in the seventh, hitting an RBI triple against right-hander Francisco Rodriguez, before Ben Zobrist followed with a run-scoring single to give the Rays a five-run cushion.