ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays became just the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season, beating the New York Yankees 5-0 Friday night.
The Rays won their third in a row and sent New York to its fifth straight loss.
Tampa Bay also accomplished the comeback feat in 2004 when known as the Devil Rays. The 1899 Louisville Colonels and 2006 Florida Marlins have also done it.
The Rays, now 61-61, were 24-42 on June 10. They are trying to become the first club to finish with a winning record after being 18 games under.
Cobb (8-6) gave up six hits in 7 1-3 innings. After giving up a single to Derek Jeter that loaded the bases, Brad Boxberger struck Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira.
Brandon McCarthy (4-2) took the loss.