ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Alex Cobb bounced back from his worst outing of the season by throwing his first career shutout Thursday in the Tampa Bay Rays' 5-0 victory over Oakland.
Cobb (8-8) allowed four hits and struck out seven in the 26th start of his two-year career. In his previous outing, last Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, he gave up 12 hits and eight runs in just 2 2/3 innings.
Those struggles came after he had won his previous three starts while posting a 1.29 earned run average.
The Rays won for the seventh time in eight games and inched within 2 1/2 games of the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.
All of the Tampa Bay runs came in the fifth inning off Tyson Ross (2-9).
After Jose Molina drew a walk to put runners on first and second, Sam Fuld singled home Scott.
Oakland did not get a hit until the fourth inning and advanced only two runners past first base.