It was a rough night for Alex Cobb and the Rays on Monday night from Tropicana Field. The Pirates touched up Cobb for 6 runs as they beat down the Rays 8-1 in the series opener. Pirates improve to .500 at 38-38. Meanwhile, the Rays (31-47) looked lethargic after taking 3 of 4 from the Astros over the weekend.
The Pirates jumped on Cobb and the Rays in that first inning. Cobb didn’t help his own cause by hitting Starling Marte and also committed a throwing error on a grounder by Russell Martin. Pittsburgh took an early 2-0 lead. Cobb threw 21 pitches and looked erratic in that opening inning. Rays got one back in the first on an RBI single by James Loney to make it 2-1.
Pittsburgh tacked on four more runs in the 3rd inning. Marte lead off the inning with a double. Then, Polk County native Andrew McCutchen drove him in with an RBI single to make it 3-1 Pirates. A couple of batters later, Pedro Alvarez blasted a 3-run HR to dead center off Cobb to make it 6-1. McCutchen went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases on the night.
Cobb (2-6) gave up 6 runs over 5 innings of work to get the loss. He walked 3 while striking out two and hit a batter. The Pirates also stole four bases against him. The Rays hit into three double-plays on the night. That helped Edison Volquez improve to 5-6 on the season. Volquez went 8 innings and allowed just one run on the night.
The Rays continue their 3 game series with the Pirates at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night. 4-4 Chris Archer throws for the Rays against 0-1 Jeff Locke. Our coverage on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM begins at 6pm with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch.