Dickerson had his 29th multi-hit game of the season with two hits. He drove in Tampa Bay’s first run with a third-inning single, then capped their scoring with his 16th home run in the fourth.
Cobb (6-5) gave up two runs and eight hits while striking out six. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
The Reds put together three straight hits in the second inning and again in the third, all with two outs, to take a 2-0 lead off Cobb.
But Cincinnati starter Amir Garrett, who has struggled in four starts since returning from the disabled list, gave up three walks in the third inning. Dickerson drove in a run with his first hit, and Logan Morrison‘s two-run single put the Rays ahead 3-2.
Jesus Sucre and Dickerson homered in the fourth to push Tampa Bay’s lead to 6-2. Sucre’s homer was the Rays’ 25th in 13 games.
Garrett (3-6) has given up seven home runs and 18 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings his last four starts.
FIRST PITCH AT 103
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by 103-year-old Lt. Cmdr. Jim Downing, who was a gunnery mate on the USS West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Downing, who was onshore when the attack began, is the second-oldest living survivor of Pearl Harbor.
Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (elbow) will probably make his first start of the season at Washington this weekend if he feels well after a bullpen session in Louisville on Wednesday . … LHP Brandon Finnegan (left shoulder) is scheduled to make his third rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Louisville.
Rays: SS Tim Beckham, who took a pitch off his left hand Monday night, was out of the starting lineup. … C Wilson Ramos (right knee surgery) and reliever Brad Boxberger (right flexor strain) could be ready for their season debuts this weekend or early next week.
Reds: RHP Tim Adleman (4-3) is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA over his previous five starts. He takes the hill in Wednesday’s series finale.
Rays: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) looks to rebound Wednesday from a four-start stretch where he went 0-2 with a 10.06 ERA. As for the possibility that Ramirez’s rotation spot is in jeopardy, manager Kevin Cash said “I don’t think we’re there yet.”
Republished with permission from the Associated Press.