Alex Cobb shines as Tampa Bay Rays keep play-off dreams alive

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Alex Cobb was once again the star of the show for the Tampa Bay Rays as he took 12 strikeouts in the Rays’ 5-1 victory over Milwaukee Brewers.

The win continued their post-All-Star rampage as they have won 11 of their past 12 games.

Things are coming together all over the field for Tampa Bay after Cobb won his third straight game after pitching eight innings for just one run as well as collecting 12 strikeouts.

The game-winning decision was awarded to Cobb and gave him his seventh win of the season to attain a positive record for the first time this season (7-6).

Speaking to, Cobb was relieved he was getting back in the groove.

He said: “I wish it would have happened sooner, but when you go into a rut you learn a lot about yourself mechanically.

“Right now everybody’s clicking and it’ll make for a nice run.”

The Brewers (59-49) have now lost three on the bounce and their top spot in the National League Central division is under threat.

Pittsburgh Pirates (57-49) are just one game behind Milwaukee while St Louis Cardinals are another game back (56-49).

The Brewers grabbed the lead in the fifth when Aramis Ramirez completed the score after good teamwork was finished by Scooter Gennett's sacrificial fly ball.

But Tampa Bay responded an innings later when Ben Zobrist homered down to right field off Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza.

Zobrist was in the action again when the Rays took the lead in the eighth. His double off of reliever Will Smith which saw Sean Rodriguez home.

Logan Forsythe also slammed a double down centre field to see Zobrist home to give the Rays breathing space before Forsythe and Evan Longoria also made it home off smart work by the batting line-up.

It remained a frustrating day for Milwaukee’s batters who failed to trouble the scoreboard in the ninth after Grant Balfour stepped in and took three strikes without leaking a single hit.

According to, the Brewers have scored just two runs off 12 hits in their three consecutive losses while striking out 30 times.

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