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Cobb, Rays roll over Indians, 4-0, in AL wild card

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb winds up against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of the AL wild-card baseball playoff game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb winds up against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of the AL wild-card baseball playoff game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Delmon Young is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the third inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Delmon Young is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the third inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar celebrates after completing a bases-loaded double play against the Cleveland Indians to end the fourth inning in the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar celebrates after completing a bases-loaded double play against the Cleveland Indians to end the fourth inning in the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar celebrates after completing a bases-loaded double play against the Cleveland Indians to end the fourth inning in the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar celebrates after completing a bases-loaded double play against the Cleveland Indians to end the fourth inning in the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

    Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

  • Fans in the upper deck wave towels as the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays are introduced for thew AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Fans in the upper deck wave towels as the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays are introduced for thew AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • Cleveland Indians' Ryan Raburn throws his bat after striking out against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the sixth inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

    Cleveland Indians' Ryan Raburn throws his bat after striking out against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the sixth inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, left, takes the ball from starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the seventh inning of the AL wild-card baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, left, takes the ball from starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the seventh inning of the AL wild-card baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb winds up against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of the AL wild-card baseball playoff game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
  • Tampa Bay Rays' Delmon Young is greeted in the dugout after a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar in the third inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar celebrates after completing a bases-loaded double play against the Cleveland Indians to end the fourth inning in the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar celebrates after completing a bases-loaded double play against the Cleveland Indians to end the fourth inning in the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar delivers against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
  • Fans in the upper deck wave towels as the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays are introduced for thew AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
  • Cleveland Indians' Ryan Raburn throws his bat after striking out against Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the sixth inning of the AL wild-card baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
  • Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, left, takes the ball from starting pitcher Alex Cobb in the seventh inning of the AL wild-card baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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, last night 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 Red Sox in the division series starting tomorrow.

Cobb’s comeback in August from his injury helped stabilize the Rays.

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