September 11, 2014
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kathy Willens

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Young doubled with one out in the eighth inning for the New York Yankees' first hit off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb on Thursday night.

Young sent a hard-hit drive to deep right-center field that landed in the alley and rolled toward the wall. With his no-hit bid over, Cobb was immediately lifted by manager Joe Maddon after 102 pitches.

Pinch-hitter Martin Prado then connected for a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger, cutting Tampa Bay's lead to 4-2.

Cobb was in complete control until he walked consecutive batters with one out in the seventh. But he quickly regrouped, striking out Chase Headley on a check-swing and retiring Ichiro Suzuki on a foul pop.

Before that, the only runner allowed by Cobb came on an error by center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, a defensive standout who dropped Stephen Drew's long fly to left-center leading off the third.

Yunel Escobar homered twice for the Rays, including a three-run shot.

Cobb struck out four and hasn't yielded more than two runs in any of his past 12 starts, a club record.

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