Matt Moore Dominates, Rays Defeat Red Sox 3-0
The Tampa Bay Rays extended their winning streak to 6 in a row defeating the Boston Red Sox by a final score of 3-0. They have now won 14 in their last 15, 18 of 21, and 21 of 25 and after 100 games of the 2013 season are 18 games over .500 at 59-41. The victory also moves them to within 1/2 game of first place – a position the Red Sox have held for 94 consecutive days.
Matt Moore (14-3, 3.17 ERA) was at his absolute best tossing his first career complete game holding the Red Sox potent offense scoreless on just 2 hits striking out 4 and walking 1. He threw 109 pitches (79 strikes) to a Red Sox lineup that came into the evening averaging the most pitchers per plate appearances (4.04) in the major leagues and had seen more pitches than another team in baseball.
The Red Sox had won 8 of their previous 9 decisions against left handed starters and the last left handed starter to record a victory against them was C.C. Sabathia way back on May 31st.
Moore shut down a lineup that leads the major leagues in several offense categories on-base percentage (.349) OPS (on-base% + Slugging % [.792]), 1,539 total bases, 348 extra-base hits, 220 doubles, and 365 walks. They also lead the league in runs scored with 512 runs scored and average 5.12 runs per game. By keeping the Red Sox off the bases he also eliminated the Sox ability to run the bases which they lead the AL in that category as well with 77.
The Rays offense gave him all the runs he would need in the top of the 1st inning with a sacrifice fly off the bat of James Loney off Red Sox starter Brandon Workman (0-1, 4.40 ERA). Loney delivered an RBI single in the 5th inning to push the lead to 2-0. They added an insurance run in the top of the 9th on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Desmond Jennings.