St. Petersburg, FL -- Alex Cobb tossed 7 1/3 outstanding innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a second straight shutout of the Cleveland Indians with a 6-0 decision at Tropicana Field.
One night after Matt Moore combined with three relievers on a two-hitter, Cobb (1-0) yielded just four singles and three walks while recording six strikeouts before exiting after throwing 103 pitches. The young right-hander retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced.
Counterpart Trevor Bauer (0-1), on the other hand, struggled mightily with his command in a substitute start for the injured Scott Kazmir. The highly regarded prospect walked seven hitters -- including six over the first three innings -- and was reached for three runs over five frames.
Kelly Johnson gave Cobb all the support he needed with a two-run homer off Bauer in the fourth inning, with James Loney providing some insurance via a two-RBI double in the eighth.
Loney finished 2-for-4 in the victory.
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