NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- Alex Cobb came within two outs of recording a complete-game shutout Wednesday, striking out seven while carrying Tampa Bay past the New York Yankees 3-0.
Cobb (3-1) gave up three hits, one of them when Brett Gardner singled with one away in the ninth. Fernando Rodney then came on to preserve the three-run lead, but immediately gave up a single to Ichiro Suzuki.
The Rays took two from the Yankees in the three-game series and won for the sixth time in seven games.
Andy Pettitte (3-1) gave up seven hits and three runs over six innings in his first setback of the season. He struck out a season-high 10.
Tampa Bay's recent run of success has come after the Rays won just four times in their opening 14 games.