Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/14
OAKLAND -- Tampa Bay has found a nice little trend to try to wriggle back into the AL East race. The Rays won three consecutive series on one road trip -- and for the first time ever, they did so against three teams above .500. Tampa Bay wrapped the final series of the trip with a 4-1 victory over the A's at the Oakland Coliseum, cooling off July's hottest team for the second game in a row. "To beat them here, the Angels there and of course Baltimore, it's pretty spectacular," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "To win each series is about as good as it gets right now." Alex Cobb followed up James Shields' three-hit shutout Tuesday with a strong effort on Wednesday. "It's kind of like hitting, it's just a contagious thing," Cobb said. "You see one pitcher doing good and you want to match him. You definitely don't want to be that guy to be the weak link in the rotation. As long as we can keep feeding off each other and throw strikes, we'll be fine." Cobb (4-6) allowed four hits,...
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