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Bats Can't Help Cobb As Rays Drop Finale To Jays

ST. PETERSBURG (620 WDAE) -- Alex Cobb allowed just four hits in eight innings of work, but a solo homer in the eighth by Darwin Barney broke a 1-1 tie, giving the Toronto Blue Jays a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Sunday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay scored their only run in a three-batter stretch in the bottom of the third, as Kevin Kiermaier reached on a fielding error by Barney, took second on a groundout by catcher Jesus Sucre, then scored on a base hit by Corey Dickerson.

Toronto was held off the board by Cobb until the sixth, which is when Kevin Pillar doubled off the glove of Evan Longoria into left field with one out in the inning.  Jose Bautista popped out for the second out, but Russell Martin's base hit brough around Pillar to tie the game.

Cobb (2-3) continued to cruise until the eighth, when with one out, Barney got a two-seam fastball hat didn't move and deposited it in the seats in left for his first home run of 2017.

Roberto Osuna allowed a two-out walk to Steven Souza Jr. and a single to Colby Rasmus, but struck out Daniel Robertson to end the game.

The loss drops Tampa Bay back to a game under the .500 mark at 16-17.

The homestand continues for the Rays on Monday, when the Kansas City Royals next head to Tropicana Field.  Blake Snell (0-2, 3.45 ERA) will start Monday's opener, taking on former Ray Nathan Karns (1-2, 4.97 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10, with coverage on WDAE beginning at 6:00 with The Inside Pitch, presented by Sykes Lakeland.


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