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Alex Cobb pitches 7 strong innings, Rays beat Reds 1-0 on James Loney's home run

  • Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan waits to tag out Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) at home in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. Votto was trying to score on a hit by Brandon Phillips. Umpire Clint Fagan watches. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan waits to tag out Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto (19) at home in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. Votto was trying to score on a hit by Brandon Phillips. Umpire Clint Fagan watches. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce strikes out against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb to end the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Cincinnati Reds' Jay Bruce strikes out against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb to end the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier avoids an inside pitch from Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier avoids an inside pitch from Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Alfredo Simon in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)  (The Associated Press)

Alex Cobb went seven innings on Saturday, extending Tampa Bay's run of solid starting pitching, and James Loney homered for a 1-0 victory over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

The Rays came into the interleague series with a 1-8 mark against the Reds. They've taken the first two games with shutdown pitching and just enough offense.

Cobb (1-1) pitched seven shutout inning against Texas on Sunday but got a no-decision. He kept the scoreless streak going on Saturday, limiting Cincinnati's struggling lineup to four hits without walking a batter.

Grant Balfour, who fanned Brayan Pena with the bases loaded to end Friday night's game, got three outs for his fourth save in as many chances, finishing off the four-hitter.

Loney led off the second inning with his first homer against Alfredo Simon (1-1), who matched his career high with eight innings and allowed only five hits.