Rays’ Alex Cobb wins first start back after head injury

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Seattle Mariners 7-1 at Tropicana Field on Thursday.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Rays pitcher Alex Cobb pitched five innings of three-hit ball, allowing one run on a Raul Ibanez home run in the second inning. He struck out six Mariners batters, including a bases loaded strikeout on his last pitch of his outing. Cobb threw 88 pitches in his return to the mound.

It was Cobb’s first game back on the mound after being struck by a line drive of the bat of Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer in the head on June 15. He was activated from the disabled list before Thursday’s game.

“It is like no time has elapsed,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

According to MLB.com, Cobb received help offensively from rookie outfielder Wil Myers,who went 3-for-5 and drove in four runs and Evan Longoria who hit his 23rd home run of the season in the victory.

Cobb, 25, improved his record to 7-2 on the season and lowered his ERA from 3.01 to 2.94 in the start tonight.

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