Welcome July! The Rays kicked off the month of July and 4-game series with the Houston Astros by matching their season high single game run total defeating the Astros 12-0 to improve to 44-39. The Astros fall to 1-5 on their current 9 game home stand and their record drops to 30-52 on the year.
Matt Moore (11-3, 3.65 ERA) dominated an Astros lineup that appeared over-matched throughout the game delivering 7 innings allowing just 2 hits while striking out 9 and walking 3. He threw 101 pitches and 61 were for strikes. Cesar Ramos came in to work the final 2 innings without allowing a hit and striking out 2.
The only time he was challenged was in the bottom of the 4th when he walked Jason Castro to lead off the inning and Chris Carter followed with a single to put runners on the corner with nobody out. Moore responded by striking out J.D. Martinez on 3 pitches and getting Matt Dominguez to ground into an inning ending double play.
The Rays stranded 5 runners in the first two innings against Astros starter Dallas Keuchel (4-5, 4.65 ERA) but that was about the only time they were frustrated as they banged out 17 hits and pushed across a dozen runs.
In addition to the 17 hits the Rays drew 7 walks including 2 by Wil Myers who had drawn just 1 walk in his previous 55 plate appearances.
With the exception of Yunel Escobar every Rays starter had a hit and Escobar reached base via two walks. Sean Rodriguez, Ryan Roberts, Jose Lobaton, and Sam Fuld all had at least three hits with Sean Rodriguez leading the way with 4-hits.
- It was Sean Rodriguez first 4-hit game of his career.
- Ryan Roberts doesn’t want to return to Triple-A tomorrow when David Price is activated and to prove his point he belted two home runs. It was his 4th multi-homer game of his career and the second time this season (vs C.C. Sabathia and New York Yankees on April 22nd) he’s hit two home runs in a game.
- It was Jose Lobaton’s 10th multi-hit game of the season and 4th 3-hit game and he raises his average to .285 on the year.
- It was Sam Fulds first 3-hit game since August 28, 2012 against the Texas Rangers.
The Rays and Astros will meet tomorrow at 8:10 p.m. David Price (1-4, 5.24 ERA) will be making his first start since May 15th. The Astros counter with left hander Erik Bedard (3-3, 4.44 ERA).