The 23-year-old lefty pitched six strong innings and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Tuesday night to remain undefeated and claim a share of the major league lead in victories.
“It’s pretty incredible,” manager Joe Maddon said after Moore (7-0) yielded a double to Dustin Pedroia and a three-run homer to David Ortiz in the first, then limited the struggling Red Sox to one hit over the next five innings.
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Moore, who’s in his second full season in the majors, walked two and struck out eight. He also tied Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann for the major league lead in victories, became the first Tampa Bay starter to begin a season 7-0 and tied a club record by winning his eighth straight decision dating to September.
“The first inning wasn’t as heartbreaking as you would think it would be just because of the way we’ve been swinging the bats,” Moore said.
“It’s one of those things where you have faith in our team and what our offense is going to do,” he added, “and as long as I put up zeroes and leave their lead at three, we’re going to make it interesting down the road.”
Earlier today on The Whitney Johnson Experience we heard postgame comments from Rays starter Matt Moore. Matt talked about his start last night as well as his 7-0 record to begin the year. Moore gave a lot of the credit to his teammates. Listen below to hear his full comments as well as what Whitney had to say.
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