Rays rough up former teammate Cobb in 8-4 win over Orioles

On a night in which Alex Cobb was treated poorly by his former teammates, the Tampa Bay Rays welcomed their newest member with pride and compassion.

Cobb, meanwhile, received a rude greeting from the Rays in his first appearance against them since joining the Orioles as a free agent in March following a six-year run in Tampa Bay.

Denard Span ripped a double on Cobb’s first pitch of the night, and the right-hander exited during a four-run fifth inning after allowing five runs and 10 hits.

“There’s no excuses. There’s things that are off on my end,” Cobb said. “Nothing changed there in that game other than me faltering a bit toward the end and them capitalizing.”

In his three starts since signing a four-year, $57 million contract with Baltimore, Cobb (0-3) has yielded 17 runs and 30 hits.

Chance Sisco homered and newcomer Jace Peterson had two RBI for the Orioles, who have lost 10 of 11.

The Rays have won five in a row, scoring at least eight runs in its last four games.

Jesse Chavez (1-0) retired all four batters he faced in relief of starter Doug Fister. Keone Kela pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.

The win closed a 2-4 homestand, leaving Texas with a 4-12 home record, equaling the fewest wins through the first 16 home games during the Rangers’ 47 seasons.

Among the four losses, the bullpen allowed four runs in the ninth inning Friday, five runs in the seventh Saturday and six in the ninth Monday.

“We’ve been going through our little trials and tribulations,” said Kela, perfect in save situations this season. “It was a good, collective bullpen win to move forward and just forget about the past.”

“To get these guys out there and off the field in positive situations, close the door for them, I believe will go a long ways to get them back on track mentally and physically,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Kendall Graveman (0-5) got the first two outs in the fifth before four straight batters reached, beginning with Jurickson Profar’s double. Texas scored twice in the inning for a 3-2 lead.

Graveman, who entered the game with a 10.07 ERA, recorded season highs with six innings and seven strikeouts.sl_cardinals_020

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