|(Baseball) Cobb takes sting out of Cleveland bats
Delmon Young smacked a home run and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 Wednesday to advance in the Major League Baseball playoffs.
Alex Cobb, (pictured) who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd by keeping the Indians scoreless through seven innings on the mound.
By capturing the one-game wildcard matchup, the Rays reached an American League divisional series against the top-seeded Boston Red Sox, who went 12-7 against Tampa Bay this season.
Oakland and Detroit meet in the other AL playoff series.
Young led off the third inning with a solo homer to the left-field stands to put the Rays on top and Desmond Jennings added a two-out, two-run double in the fourth to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 edge.
The Indians, hosting their first playoff game since 2007, left the bases loaded without pushing home a run in the fourth inning and stranded two base runners in the fifth.
Cleveland stranded two base runners again in the seventh, when relief pitcher Joel Peralta entered for the Rays with two outs in place of starter Alex Cobb and struck out Nick Swisher to end the threat.
In the eighth, reliever Jake McGee entered for Tampa Bay with two outs and a runner on first and struck out Ryan Raburn to end the inning.
The Rays added an insurance run in the ninth inning when Yunel Escobar singled to right field to score Ben Zobrist from third base,
Rays reliever Fernando Rodney entered in the final inning and retired the last three Cleveland batters to complete the triumph.
Tampa Bay and the Texas Rangers each finished the regular season 91-71, forcing a tie-breaker game Monday for the last playoff spot that the Rays won 5-2 at Texas to earn the right to face the Indians.—AFP/AP