Exactly two months after being struck on the right side of his head by a line drive Alex Cobb returned to the Tropicana Field mound intent on putting the incident behind him while resuming a stellar season.

From first appearances it would appear as if Cobb accomplished both.

The right-hander who suffered a concussion and vertigo and then developed a blister on his right index at the start of his minor league rehab assignment gave the Rays five innings of three-hit ball and picked up the victory as the Rays rolled past the Mariners 7-1 in front of 13299 at Tropicana Field.

Backed by four RBIs by Wil Myers the Rays won their second straight game and trimmed Boston’s lead in the American League East to two games after the Red Sox lost at Toronto.

It was the seventh victory of the season for Cobb — third-most on the team — and extended his injury-interrupted winning streak to four games. His last loss was April 30 at Kansas City.

“It’s going to be awesome. We missed him hanging out with him on the road” said Jeremy Hellickson tonight’s starter. “It was scary what happened so it’s going to be nice to see him (pitch).”

It was June 15 when Cobb was felled by a line drive from Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer during the fifth inning. He was carted off the field and rushed to nearby Bayfront Medical Center.

Cobb said at the time he didn’t think the injury was serious. In fact he said he expected to make his next start. Then the headaches began. And the vertigo.

Cobb said Wednesday that it felt so long since he last pitched that it seemed as if he never pitched this season. And you could make a strong case that his body of work before the injury — 6-2 3.01 ERA in 13 starts — qualified him as the best pitcher in the Rays rotation. Certainly he was the most consistent.

Working with a 90-pitch limit Cobb got he Rays through five innings on 88 pitches. He allowed only one run — a long home run to right-center field by Raul Ibanez in the second.