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Alex Cobb did his best to keep Tampa Bay close. The Rays' offense couldn't provide enough support. Cobb threw eight strong innings, James Loney had two hits and Desmond Jennings drove in a run in the ninth and the Rays lost to the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Saturday night. Coco Crisp had three hits, including a home run, and drove in both runs against Cobb (8-3), who lost for the first time since April 30. ''Obviously the home run to Coco was a tough one,'' Cobb said. ''I felt like I executed the pitch but he's a good hitter and understands how pitchers are trying to pitch him. He's owned me my whole career. I need to find a new way to pitch him, make up a pitch.'' The Rays managed to score 89 runs in the month, the first time they have failed to score at least 100 runs in a month since July 2009. ''Offensively we have to stir it up,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. ''We've pitched well and caught it but we haven't hit well. The offense has to pick it up. We've got a lot of it in...
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