Cobb cool, collected and masterful in shutout of A’s

ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Cobb thanked his teammates in appropriate fashion on Thursday for the generosity they’d extended him on Saturday.

He did so by posting zeroes, nine innings’ worth, in a 5-0 win over the Athletics at Tropicana Field. It’s his first career complete game, as well as his first career shutout.

The Rays have now won 14 of their last 17 games to move within 2 1/2 games of the American League East-leading Yankees while maintaining their lead in the AL Wild Card race.

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