On Thursday, the Oakland Athletics opened a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays and were completely shut down at Tropicana Field by starter Alex Cobb. The A's managed just four hits in a 5-0 shutout loss.
All of the damage came in the fifth inning against Oakland starter Tyson Ross, who was recalled to replace the suspended Bartolo Colon in the rotation. Ryan Roberts hit a sacrifice fly to start the scoring. Sam Fuld hit an RBI single, Matt Joyce hit a two-run RBI double and Evan Longoria hit an RBI single to complete the rally and give Cobb all the run support he would need.
Cobb managed his first career shutout, going the full nine and allowing just four hits and two walks.
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