Tampa Bay righthander Alex Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of the Rays’ 5-3 win over the Royals Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Rays announced that Cobb, who remained conscious the whole time, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for further examination. Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn later said all tests were normal and that Cobb suffered a mild concussion.
It came a month after Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ was also struck by a liner against the Rays and suffered a skull fracture.
The sound of the ball striking Cobb — which sounded like a bat hitting a ball — could be heard in the press box.
Luke Scott, Matt Joyce, and Evan Longoria homered for the Rays, who had lost five of six. Alex Torres (2-0) replaced Cobb and struck out four over 1 ⅔ scoreless innings. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 19 opportunities.
Joyce hit a solo homer off Jeremy Guthrie (7-4) in the fifth that put the Rays up, 4-2.
Angels 6, Yankees 2 — Erick Aybar homered and drove in two runs, and Albert Pujols added two more RBIs in helping host Los Angeles hand New York its fifth straight loss.
Nationals 7, Indians 6 — Anthony Rendon hit his first major league home run following Nick Swisher’s ninth-inning error to propel visiting Washington over Cleveland.
Cardinals 13, Marlins 7 — Carlos Beltran homered from each side of the plate and tripled, and Lance Lynn notched his ninth victory as St. Louis outslugged host Miami.
Mets 5, Cubs 2 — Scott Feldman allowed two hits in seven innings and Starlin Castro hit a two-run double to left in a three-run eighth inning to lift visiting Chicago over New York
Feldman (6-5) struck out six and had an RBI single in the fourth for his first win since May 29.
Dodgers 5, Pirates 3 — Juan Uribe singled home Andre Ethier in the top of the 11th inning to rally Los Angeles past host Pittsburgh.
Brewers 6, Reds 0 — Juan Francisco drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and homer, and Yovani Gallardo pitched six innings as Milwaukee shut out Cincinnati.
It was a rare win in Cincinnati for the Brewers, who have dropped 11 of their last 14 games at Great American Ball Park.
Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1 — Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus both hit two-run homers and Toronto won its fourth straight, beating sliding Texas in Arlington.
The Rangers’ season-long skid has reached five games. All of those losses are at home, and they've dropped 10 of 14 overall to fall out of first in the AL West.
Braves 6, Giants 5 — Freddie Freeman’s bases-loaded, line-drive single off closer Sergio Romo capped a two-run rally in the ninth that lifted host Atlanta over San Francisco. B.J. Upton hit two homers off Chad Gaudin, but the Braves trailed, 5-4, entering the ninth.
Rockies 10, Phillies 5 — Tyler Chatwood pitched five effective innings in his return from a triceps injury, Tyler Colvin homered during a six-run first, and Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Philadelphia in Denver.
Twins 6, Tigers 3 — Trevor Plouffe had three hits, including a two-run homer, in his return to the Minnesota’s lineup, and Sam Deduno held Detroit in check over seven innings.
Astros 4, White Sox 3 — Jason Castro and Chris Carter homered in the fourth inning to send host Houston to its third straight win.
Mariners 4, Athletics 0— Henry Blanco hit a sixth-inning grand slam in his Seattle debut to break a scoreless tie and Felix Hernandez pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight decision, a win over host Oakland.