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Rays' Alex Cobb becomes first pitcher to fan 13 batters in less than 5 innings

05/10/2013 10:00 EDT | Updated 07/10/2013 05:12 EDT
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb has struck out 13 in 4 2-3 innings Friday night, becoming the first pitcher in major league history to fan that many batters and fail to make it through the fifth inning.

The right-hander left the Rays' 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres after throwing 117 pitches. He recorded 12 of 14 outs on strikeouts — four of them in the third, when a wild pitch on strike three allowed Will Venable to reach base. The Padres centre fielder stole second and third base, then scored on a balk for a 3-0 lead.

Cobb departed after walking Yonder Alonso with two outs in the fifth. The Rays trailed 3-2 at the time.

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