Admittedly the heart rate had quickened with Fernando Rodney on the mound holding a 3-1 lead but he was up to the task. He threw strikes and as a result needed only 10 pitches to dispose of Chris Davis on a fly out and Nate McLouth and J.J. Hardy on ground outs to secure the Rays victory for Matt Moore (8-0, 2.29 ERA) and picked up his 8th save. The victory improves the Rays record to a season high 3 games over .500 at 23-20. Chris Tillman (3-2, 3.52 ERA) took the loss and the Orioles are now even with the Rays at 23-20 on the year.
Matt Moore worked 7 strong innings allowing 1R/ER on 5 hits striking out 3 and walking 1. In working 7 inning he threw 106 pitches and 64 strikes. Joel Peralta worked a perfect 8th and Fernando Rodney a perfect 9th giving the Rays a 3-game sweep. The only run that Matt Moore gave up was after a fly ball got off the bat of Manny Machado got by the converging Matt Joyce and Desmond Jennings for a triple and he came in to score on a single by Adam Jones.
In picking up his 8th win on the season Moore becomes the youngest left handed pitcher to start the season 8-0 since Babe Ruth in 1917. The victory also sets the Rays franchise record for consecutive wins with 9 (dating back to last season).
Chris Tillman gave the Orioles a quality start going 6 innings and allowing 3R/ER on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1. He was replaced by lefty T.J. McFarland worked 2.1 scoreless innings and Pedro Strop who 0.2 scoreless innings. Tillman was hurt by the long ball giving up solo homers to both Luke Scott and Matt Joyce.
Joyce’s home run was originally ruled a double. Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to argue that the ball was foul and Joe Maddon came out to argue that the ball had actually clipped the foul pole and should have been ruled a home run. After a lengthy on-field discussion the umpires went to the video review and came out and ruled it a home run.
Note: Evan Longoria extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Up Next: The Rays head to Toronto to begin a 3 game series with the Blue Jays beginning tomorrow afternoon at 1:07.
Jake Odorizzi making his Rays debut up against Jays right hander R.A Dickey (3-5, 4.83 ERA).