by Steve Carney
Tampa Bay hitters took advantage of young pitcher Trevor Bauer, and Alex Cobb had a scoreless outing into the eighth, as the Rays blanked Cleveland for the second straight night 6-0.
Bauer tied a franchise record by firat walking the bases loaded and then issued another free pass to Evan Longoria to open the scoring. However, James Loney popped up for the first out, and after Yunel Escobar flew out to right, Matt Joyce was thrown out at the plate trying to score.
Despite a number of walks, Tampa Bay did not have a hit until the fourth, when Jose Molina singled with one out. Kelly Johnson then lifted his first homer as a Ray into the seats in right to make it 3-0.
The Rays caught a break in the sixth, as Yunel Escobar stretched a two-out single into a double thanks to second-base umpire C.B. Bucknor calling him safe. Shelley Duncan then followed with a single to bring him in.
Cobb (1-0) allowed just four hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, walking three and striking out six.
Tampa Bay added a pair in the eighth, as Matt Joyce singled with one out. Longoria moved him to third with a single two batters later, and James Loney brought both runners in with a double to set the score.
Joel Peralta delivered two-thirds of an inning of perfect relief, and Cesar Ramos finished the game out with a scoreless ninth.
The Rays can finish off a series sweep with a win Sunday, as David Price takes on Justin Masterson. First pitch is scheduled for 1:40, with coverage on 620 WDAE starting with Suncoast Hyundai Inside Pitch at 11:30.