(SportsNetwork.com) - Finally able to snap a 10-game losing skid Friday night, the Tampa Bay Rays will try to string wins together for the first time since late May when they host the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field.
Roenis Elias will try to avoid that, as he takes the hill for the Mariners after his best start of the season, in which he recorded his first career shutout after tossing nine impressive innings.
Elias went the distance in the Mariners' 4-0 defeat of Detroit Sunday, in which he gave up just three hits and a walk, and struck out eight Tigers, two shy of the season-high 10 he fanned in New York on May 1.
In 12 starts this year, Elias has posted a 4-4 record with a 3.53 earned run average in 74 innings of work. He's only surrendered seven home runs to opponents, and has fanned 65 batters.
Tampa Bay will counter with Alex Cobb, who has under performed this season. Cobb (1-3) is coming off a tough outing against Miami, in which he allowed three runs on five hits in five innings of work. He was tagged with the loss in the Marlins' 3-1 victory.
Cobb has started five games against the Mariners in his career, earning a 2-2 record and a 3.76 ERA. The right-hander missed a few starts earlier this season, missing over a month with a strained side that sent him to the DL. He hasn't picked up a win since April 12.
"You can't really do much," Cobb said. "You go out there and pitch your game."
Former Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard started for the Rays Friday night in the first game of the series, and earned the victory in his team's 4-0 triumph after scattering four hits and striking out eight over six innings of shutout ball.
Chris Young was tagged with the loss for Seattle, snapping his three-game winning streak. Young went five innings, gave up seven hits and three runs, and walked five.
Four Rays pitchers combined to allow just five hits to the Mariners in the game. Grant Balfour entered the contest in the ninth and gave up the only other hit, but struck out two in the inning and shut the door.
The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Mariners, and represented the first time they had been shut out in a contest since May 14, also against Tampa Bay.