Alex Cobb was sharp and the Rays offense led the charge as the Rays defeated the Colorado Rockies 8-3 for their first series victory at Coors Field in four tries.
The last time Alex Cobb took the mound for the Rays he was cruising into the 6th inning and suddenly lost it which is highly unusual for him. Usually, he gets stronger as the game progresses as evidenced by his numbers as the lineup flips over. He holds the opposition to a .626 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) the first time through a lineup, a .506 the second time through, and .613 the third time through.
The pattern held closer to form against the Rockies as he worked 6.2 innings and allowed 3R/ER on 8 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1. He allowed three solo homers on the day and was replaced by Jake McGee who struck out Carlos Gonzalez to end the 7th inning. Joel Peralta came in and despite giving up back to back hits to begin the inning came back to hold the Rockies off the board in the 8th. Jamey Wright came in to work the 9th inning and struck out the side.
Alex Cobb earned the victory to improve to 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA and the Rays record improved to 14-16 and they finish the road trip with a record of 4-5.
Jhoulys Chacin took the loss to drop to 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA. He worked 7 innings allowing 6R/5ER on 8 hits while striking out 3 and walking 3. Josh Outman replaced Chacin and worked 2 innings and gave up 2R/1ER on 3 hits striking out 2 and walking 1. With the loss the Rockies record drops to 18-13 on the season.
After a stint on the disabled list for a lower back strain Jhoulys Chacin was making his first start since April 19th and the Rays did not allow him to settle in. Desmond Jennings led off the game with a single, moved to second on a Matt Joyce walk, advanced to third on a Evan Longoria fly out to right, and scored the Rays first run on a James Loney single which also advanced Joyce to 3rd. The Rays second run came when Chacin uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Joyce to score and Loney to move up to second. Kelly Johnson then made the wild pitch hurt even more by delivering an RBI single to score Loney and push the Rays lead to 3-0.
The Rays gave Cobb some breathing room and extended their lead to 6-2 in the top of the 6th inning. Chacin issued a lead off walk to Matt Joyce who advanced to 3rd on a 1-out single by James Loney. He came in to score on a soft fly ball off the bat of Kelly Johnson that fell in shallow right field which moved Loney moved up 90 feet to second base. Loney and Johnson advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a passed ball and came around to score on a 2-RBI double by Ryan Roberts.
Nolan Arenado hit the Rockies 3rd solo homer of the game to slice the Rays lead to 6-3.
The Rays responded in the top of the 8th inning and increased their lead to 8-3. Evan Longoria and James Loney led off with back to back singles and advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Josh Outman was able to retire both Kelly Johnson and Ryan Roberts but gave up a soft line drive that just got over the head of second baseman Josh Rutledge to score both Longoria and Loney.
- Jose Lobaton‘s reached base on an error by Rockies 2nd baseman Josh Rutledge and advanced to 2nd on a walk to Sean Rodriguez. Alex Cobb was called on to sacrifice bunt but missed and Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario threw down to second base and picked off Lobaton. Cobb then proceeded to deliver an inning ending double play ball.
- The Rockies had a great opportunity of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Trailing 3-2 and runners at 1st and 2nd and only 1-out Troy Tulotwitzki jumped on the first pitch and grounded into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
- The Rays had several players with multi-hit games including Desmond Jennings, James Loney, Ryan Roberts, and Kelly Johnson led by James Loney with his league leading 7th 3-hit game of the season.
- With three hits James Loney saw his average increase to .398 (33 for 83) on the season.
- Sean Rodriguez and Ryan Roberts were each charged with errors resulting in the teams first multi-error game of the season.
- Is the Rays bullpen coming together? In the series against the Rockies the Rays bullpen worked 8.2 scoreless innings allowing 7 hits striking out 13 while walking only 1.
- The Rays return home tomorrow to begin a 10-game 11-day home stand beginning with a 4-game series against the Blue Jays, a 3-game series against the San Diego Padres, and finishes with a 3-game series against the Boston Red Sox.
- The Rays improve to 8-6 all time on Cinco de Mayo.