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MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Oakland 0

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.

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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).

Jeff Keppinger opened the inning with an infield single, moved to third on a double by Luke Scott and scored on Ryan Roberts' sacrifice fly.

After Jose Molina drew a walk to put runners on first and second, Sam Fuld singled home Scott.

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B.J. Upton then fanned for the second out of the inning, after which Matt Joyce doubled home two runs and Evan Longoria singled in another.

Oakland did not get a hit until the fourth inning and advanced only two runners past first base.

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