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Rays' Alex Cobb fans 13 in 4 2-3 innings

Friday - 5/10/2013, 11:50pm  ET

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, May 10, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Alex Cobb has struck out 13 in 4 2-3 innings Friday night, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to fan that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth inning.

The right-hander left the game against the San Diego Padres after throwing 117 pitches. He recorded 13 of 14 outs on strikeouts -- four of them in the third, when a wild pitch on strike three allowed Will Venable to reach base. The Padres center fielder stole second and third base, then scored on a balk for a 3-0 lead.

Cobb departed after walking Yonder Alonso with two outs in the fifth. The Rays trailed 3-2 at the time.


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