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Bring on Boston: Rays end Cleveland's season with Wild Card win

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Alex Cobb pitched into the seventh, as Tampa Bay ended Cleveland's season in the Wild Card game.

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

The Rays finished off another long winning streak Wednesday.

Alex Cobb and the bullpen combined to throw a nine-hit shutout, Delmon Young homered and Desmond Jennings' two-run double in the fourth allowed the Rays to advance in the American League playoffs with a 4-0 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Young led off the third inning after Cleveland starter Danny Salazar retired the first six Tampa Bay hitters in a row by taking a fastball and launching it deep into the left field seats to give the Rays the lead they would not surrender.

Tampa Bay would add on an inning later, as James Loney singled with one out, moved to second on a single by Evan Longoria, took third on a flyout by Ben Zobrist, and both ruinners came home on Jennings' two-base hit.

Cobb danced around danger in the middle innings, loading the bases with one out in the fourth before Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into a double play.  He also got out of a jam in the fifth with runners on the corners and nobody out by striking out Michael Bourn, and getting Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis to ground out to end the rally.

An RBI single by Yunel Escobar in the ninth would plate Zobrist and set the score

Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, and Fernando Rodney combined to get the final ten outs of the game.

The victory snaps Cleveland's ten-game win streak.

The Rays will now head to Boston for the American League Division Series, which will start Friday afternoon.  Pregame coverage begins at 2:00 on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM with the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch, with first pitch at 3:07.

 

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