Matt Moore, Bats Shine in 10-4 Victory Over White Sox

It’s been a red-hot start to Matt Moore’s sophomore season. He’s now allowed just 13 hits and four runs in 32 innings pitched while picking up a win in all five games he’s started.

Moore looked sharp once again Saturday night in Chicago, posting this strong line: 3 H, 1 ER, BB, 9 K, 6.0 IP (101 pitches, 61 strikes). An Adam Dunn home run in the fourth was the only run allowed by Moore in this game.

The night was not as pleasant for White Sox starter Gavin Floyd. After surrendering two runs already, he exited the game in the third inning due to an elbow injury.

The Rays went on to pummel Floyd’s relief, collecting a season-high 19 hits.

There was too much offensive action in this ballgame for me to summarize inning by inning, so just take a look at some of the impressive lines from last night:

  • Desmond Jennings: Solo HR (1-6)
  • Ben Zobrist: 2-5, 2-run HR, 2B, BB
  • Evan Longoria: 4-6, 2 R, RBI
  • James Loney: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, BB (now batting .379)
  • Kelly Johnson: 4-5, R, 2 RBI, 3B, SB
  • Sam Fuld: 2-4, BB, SB

Kyle Farnsworth gave up the three other White Sox runs in this game and recording only one out.

The Rays improve to 11-13 on the season. David Price (0-2, 5.52 ERA) will square off against right-hander Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 3.80 ERA) in the series finale.

News and Notes:

  • Jose Molina left the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch. He’s diagnosed with a right quad contusion and is listed as day-to-day. He won’t play tomorrow, but Jose Lobaton was scheduled to start anyway.
  • Yunel Escobar (hamstring tightness) didn’t play Saturday night. Escobar will sit out Sunday as well just to be safe, as the Rays will take advantage of the off day Monday to give him an extra day of rest. He’ll most likely return Tuesday night in Kansas City.
  • Luke Scott (strained calf) continued his rehab assignment with Class A+ Charlotte last night despite being hit by a pitch Friday and leaving the game. Scott could potentially rejoin the Rays on their road trip Tuesday along with Molina and Escobar.
  • Yankees’ starter Ivan Nova (triceps) and catcher Francisco Cervelli (fractured right hand) were both placed on the 15-day DL. New York’s 14-9 record is really impressive with all the injuries they have.
  • Around the AL East: The Red Sox won their fourth straight beating Houston 8-4, the O’s defeated the A’s 7-3, and the Yankees edged the Blue Jays 5-4 thanks to Travis Hafner.

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