ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb won his first start of the season, Matt Joyce hit a grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 on Saturday.
Cobb (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He retired his last 10 batters.
Cobb was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday night to take the place of Jeff Niemann, who is on the 60-day disabled list with an injured right leg. The 24-year-old righty went 3-2 in nine starts for Tampa Bay last season.
Joel Peralta pitched the eighth before Fernando Rodney got the final three outs for his 13th save.
After Tampa Bay loaded the bases on a pair of a walks and a single in the third, Joyce put the Rays up 4-2 when he sent a 2-0 pitch from Randall Delgado (2-4) over the center-field fence.
The Braves had scoring chances in each of the first four innings, but Cobb induced two double-play grounders.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was out of the lineup because of a bruised left calf. He took a hard one-hop...