Alex Cobb curbed the Royals on six singles in seven scoreless innings and Ben Zobrist had three hits and drove in two runs to help the Tampa Bay Rays win, 5-0, in Kansas City, Mo., yesterday.
Cobb (3-0) struck out two and walked none to pick up the victory and lowered his earned run average to 2.57. He has allowed one earned run in 13 innings since being recalled from Triple A Durham July 18.
Relievers Cesar Ramos, Joel Peralta, and Jake McGee held the Royals to one hit over the final two innings.
Cobb, a rookie righthander who was a 2006 fourth-round pick, is unbeaten in his first seven major league starts, the first Rays pitcher to accomplish that.
He threw 65 of his 81 pitches for strikes, but developed a small blister in the seventh inning that led to Rays manager Joe Maddon going to his bullpen. “It’s unfortunate because his pitch limit was in great shape,’’ Maddon said. “He had plenty left in the tank.’’
“It was a big disappointment,’’ Cobb said of the blister. “I wanted to throw at least eight innings, maybe nine. We’re short in bullpen. I would have liked to have been able to help that out.’’
Phillies 5, Padres 3- Roy Halladay bounced back from his shortest stint of the season to strike out eight in eight innings and lead host Philadelphia over San Diego.
Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz each had two RBIs to help the Phillies win their fifth straight.
Halladay (12-4) had trouble pitching in the heat and humidity in his last start at Chicago and left after four-plus innings. It was 94 degrees for the first pitch yesterday and Halladay allowed three runs and eight hits and didn’t get the side in order until the sixth.
He labored through the first five innings, then retired the last 10 batters.
White Sox 4, Indians 2 - Edwin Jackson beat Cleveland for the ninth straight time after Indians rookie Ezequiel Carrera dropped an easy fly ball in center field to give visiting Chicago two runs.
Adam Dunn lofted a pitch from Justin Masterson (8-7) to straightaway center with two outs in the sixth and runners on first and second. Carrera camped under the towering fly near the warning track. He looked up, stumbled to his right, then ducked as the ball glanced off his glove and fell to the ground.
Tigers 5, Twins 2 - Rick Porcello cruised through six innings and visiting Detroit took advantage of Francisco Liriano’s control problems in a victory over Minnesota.
Liriano (6-8) lasted only 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, four walks, and two wild pitches.
Angels 9, Orioles 3 - Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs in seven innings and Mike Trout and Torii Hunter homered in a five-run eighth as visiting Los Angeles beat Baltimore.
Dodgers 3, Nationals 1 - Chad Billingsley overcame a shaky first inning to pitch seven innings of two-hit ball and Aaron Miles drove in two runs for host Los Angeles.
Cubs 5, Astros 4 - Pinch hitter Jeff Baker’s game-winning single in the 10th inning helped Chicago hold off Houston and complete its first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field in nearly two years.
Marlins 5, Mets 4 - John Buck doubled for his first career pinch-hit RBI to drive in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning, and host Florida rallied past New York.
Giants 2, Brewers 1 - Madison Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning and host San Francisco survived another one-run game, beating Milwaukee.
Blue Jays 3, Rangers 0 - Brett Cecil threw a three-hitter with seven strikeouts while the offense was supplied by three RBI doubles in the sixth for visiting Toronto.
Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 0 - Justin Upton went 4 for 4 with two doubles, a triple, and three RBIs, for host Arizona.
Cardinals 4, Pirates 3- Xavier Paul scored on Chase d’Arnaud’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th for Pittsburgh.
Reds 4, Braves 3 - Drew Stubbs led off the ninth with a first-pitch homer, sending host Cincinnati over Atlanta.