If there's one thing a pitcher would love to do, it's do it all in a victory. Alex Cobb got that opportunity Wednesday.
The right-hander not only tossed seven shutout innings, but also drove in the only run Tampa Bay would need as they finish a perfect road trip with a 3-0 whitewashing of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The scoring started in the second, when Yunel Escobar singled with one out. He moved to second as Jose Molina struck out, and scored when Cobb lined a shot down the right-field line for a double, his first major-league hit and RBI.
Cobb continued to overpower the St. Louis batting oder, even after his was hit on the elbow by a Lynn pitch in the fourth inning, allowing just five hits in seven innings of work while striking out ten and not walking a batter in earning his sixth victory.
Tampa Bay would tack on a run in the seventh, loading the bases on Lynn and reliever Randy Choate before Evan Longoria lifted a sacrifice fly to score Desmond Jennings.
Jennings would tally the third run by singling to start the ninth, taking second on a walk by Ben Zobrist, and scoring on a base hit by Brandon Guyer.
Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee would each work a scoreless inning of relief, with McGee earning his ninth save.
Tampa Bay will have Thursday off before starting a nine-game, ten-day homestand Friday with the first of three games against the Boston Red Sox.