CLEVELAND - Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 tonight in the AL wild-card game.
Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the Indians' unexpected season.
Delmon Young homered in the third inning off rookie Danny Salazar as the Rays, playing in their third city over four days, advanced to face the AL East champion Boston Red Sox in the division series starting Friday.
Cobb's comeback in August from his frightening injury helped stabilize the Rays, who have spent the past two weeks winning crucial games to make the postseason for the fourth time in six years.
The Indians outhit the Rays, 9-8, but left runners stranded in multiple innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the fourth.
Cleveland rookie pitcher Danny Salazar took the loss after giving up three runs in four innings of work, including a home run to Rays designated hitter Delmon Young.
Read full coverage of this game, and a preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates opening today in the National League Divisional Series in the Thursday Tribune Chronicle.