Getting your first win out of the way really takes a burden off of a pitcher. It’s a good thing Matt Moore got that relief tonight, as the Rays cruised to a 3-1 win Tuesday night over the Mariners.
Matt Moore went 5 innings with 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk (great sign), and 7 strike-outs to record his first win of the 2012 season and at the Trop. The bullpen was huge in the win tonight going four innings and allowing just two hits while punching out five batters. Hector Noesi by no means did not pitch bad, the Rays’ pitching was just simply better. The Rays scored a pair of runs in the first inning, as Matt Joyce hit an RBI triple and Luke Scott hit a sacrifice fly to knock him in. Micheal Saunders hit a solo shot later on to make it 2-1. The Rays struck back, as Matt Joyce continued his great night with a home run (sixth of the season) in the bottom half of the inning.
The Rays’ pitching would take it from there and bring home their 16th win of the season. Tampa's record now improves to 16-8 (Home-10-1). They maintain at one-game lead over baltimore in the AL East.
Click here for full box scoreRays’ News and Notes:
- Matt Moore: W(1-1) 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K
- Hector Noesi: L(1-3) 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K
- Burke Badenhop: H 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Fernando Rodney: S (8/8) 1 IP, 3 K
- Matt Joyce: 2-4. HR, 3B, 2 RBI
- Luke Scott: 0-1. RBI, BB
- Jesus Montero: 4-4.
- Very bad news after yesterday's game; Evan Longoria was placed on the 15-day DL with a partially torn hamstring. He is expected to be out 4-8 weeks.
- More bad news, unfortunately: Former top overall draft pick Tim Beckham has been issued a 50-game suspension for his second violation of the league's drug policy. Beckham, who's hitting .204 in his first 13 games with Durham, testing positive for marijuana for the second time.
- Will Rhymes has been called up to the majors to replace Longo on the roster, while Kyle Farnsworth has now been placed on the 60-day DL.
- Hideki Matsui was introduced at the Trop yesterday and answered some questions for the media.
- Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Rays could be a "possible fit" for left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez.
- Around the division: The Red Sox and Yankees both lost Tuesday night, while the Blue Jays and Orioles picked up wins.
- The Rays’ next game is tomorrow night at 7:10. The Rays will throw James Shields as they look to win their fourth straight game.