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               === Cobb, late offense send Rays past Orioles ===
 
 Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Alex Cobb pitched into the seventh inning and
 Matt  Joyce knocked in three runs, including a two-run double in the ninth, in
 Tampa Bay's 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
 
 Wil Myers stroked a two-run single in the final inning, while Ben Zobrist went
 2-for-5  with an  RBI double. Yunel Escobar  had three hits and an RBI for the
 Rays, who won for the sixth time in seven games. They are in a virtual tie for
 first  place in  the AL East, three  percentage points ahead of the Boston Red
 Sox.
 
 "We  have to keep putting the pressure on them," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
 "Our  goal is not to  be the wild card team by the way. Our goal is to win the
 division. We're trying to do that."
 
 Cobb  (8-2), in  his  second start  since  returning from  two  months on  the
 disabled  list  because of a  concussion, stretched  his unbeaten streak to 10
 starts. The right-hander is 5-0 in that stretch and hasn't lost since April 30
 at  Kansas City.  Cobb gave up three hits  and a pair of runs -- one earned --
 over six-plus innings.
 
 Miguel  Gonzalez (8-6)  surrendered eight hits and three runs -- two earned --
 over  5  2/3 innings for  the fading  Orioles, who lost  for the sixth time in
 eight games.
 
 Matt  Wieters  belted a two-run  homer for  the O's, who  gave up 15 hits, one
 night after rapping out the same number of hits in a 4-3 loss.
 
 "You'd  be surprised  at how quickly this  season can slow down and things can
 turn  quickly," Orioles  manager Buck Showalter said. "You have to be prepared
 to take advantage of that."
 
 Ryan  Flaherty had an  early RBI single for the hosts, who scored only one run
 in  a promising seventh inning in which they loaded the bases with nobody out.
 Alex  Torres entered  from the bullpen and retired Brian Roberts on 5-4 double
 play,  which scored  Wieters to  trim  Baltimore's deficit.  Nate McLouth  was
 caught  looking  at strike three  for the inning's final  out to leave the O's
 behind just 3-2.
 
 The  Rays  broke the  game open  in the  ninth against  T.J. McFarland and Jim
 Johnson.  Singles from  Kelly  Johnson  and Desmond  Jennings,  and a  one-out
 intentional walk to Evan Longoria loaded the bases. Joyce then doubled sharply
 over  first base  for a 5-2 game.  Johnson entered from the bullpen, but Myers
 tacked on a broken-bat two-run single to right.
 
 Wieters  homered  to left off  Wesley Wright with  Nick Markakis aboard in the
 ninth.  J.J. Hardy  then walked, but Fernando Rodney retired the ensuing three
 batters to secure his 29th save of the year.
 
 Escobar  singled  in Joyce  in the  second when  Gonzalez committed a throwing
 error to put the runner in scoring position.
 
 Flaherty's single to right plated Wieters in the bottom of the second, but the
 Rays  went ahead with two runs in the third. Zobrist doubled to right to score
 Jennings.  Joyce's  sacrifice fly to right  came after Longoria singled up the
 middle.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Rays  go for the three-game  sweep Wednesday night with Jeremy Hellickson
 (10-6)  on the mound, while Wei-Yin Chen (6-6) pitches for the Orioles ... The
 Rays  have won  15 of their last 19  games against AL East clubs ... Tampa Bay
 has  won seven of  the last eight meetings and leads the season series against
 the Orioles, 9-5.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 08/21 01:47:27 ET