The Rays snapped a four-game losing skid Wednesday night, defeating Baltimore 6-2.
Matt Moore, who has got off to a hot start this season (which is historically unusual for him), pitched very well again in this game. His stuff was extremely sharp all night, and it was a great sign to see him go deeper in his outing this time after going just 6 innings and 5.1 innings in his first two starts start.
Like Tuesday night, the Rays jumped out to a quick start in this game. Kelly Johnson, the second batter of the evening, took right-hander Chris Tillman yard for a solo shot to right.
They added to their lead in the second, when Shelley Duncan hit a solo home run to left.
Down 2-0 in the bottom of the third, the Orioles responded with the top of their lineup. With a man on first, Adam Jones slammed a screaming line drive for a game-tying two-run homer over left-center field fence. The hit was initially ruled a double, but was eventually overturned after instant replay.
Those two runs would be the only runs Moore would allow in his outing and are the only runs he’s allowed so far all season (18 IP). The pitch to Jones wasn’t even a bad one at all, in fact, as it was a well-placed 92 MPH fastball just below the zone.
Skipping to the top of the fourth, Evan Longoria opened up the inning with a leadoff double off the right field wall. Shelley Duncan then singled on a line drive in to center field, which was missed played by Adam Jones allowing Longoria to reach third and Duncan to go to second. With the runners at second and third with one out, James Loney drove in both Longo and Duncan with a two-run double.
In the fifth, Joe Maddon would receive his first ejection of the season. Kelly Johnson was called out on a close play trying to steal second. After looking at the replay, it appears that Johnson was indeed out.
In the sixth, a Yunel Escobar RBI single would give the Rays some insurance, extending their lead to three runs.
With the 5-2 lead and in position for his third win of the season, Moore would exit the game with two outs in seventh. He finished the night with a line of five hits, three walks and seven K’s over 104 pitches (67 strikes).
James Loney would continue his big night in the eighth, knocking in Matt Joyce with an RBI single to left. Loney went 3-3 with 3 RBI and a walk in the game.
Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney would both pitch one scoreless inning apiece to finish off the O’s in this 6-2 contest. The last-place Rays improved their record 5-9.
David Price (0-1, 5.82 ERA) will take the mound versus Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 2.92 ERA) tonight at 7:05 ET for the rubber match in this three-game series.