Matt Moore continued his outstanding start to the season Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, tossing seven strong innings of one-run ball to improve to 8-0.
On the mound for the Orioles was right-hander Chris Tillman, who managed to cool down the Rays' red-hot bats to some degree.
Tampa Bay got on the board first courtesy of a Desmond Jennings RBI double in the top of the third.
Baltimore responded in the fourth thanks to some bad outfield defense on the Rays' part. Manny Machado led off with a fly ball to the right-center field gap, which both Ben Zobrist and Desmond Jennings misplayed due to miscommunication. The two nearly collided, and they failed to stop the ball from bouncing to the wall, resulting in an easy triple.
The scorers credited Machado with a hit, which handed Moore his only earned run of the day. Adam Jones delivered with the game-tying RBI single.
The Rays would get that run back in the fifth, however, as Luke Scott went yard for a solo home run. Matt Joyce added on another run in the sixth with a line drive homer right down the right field line and off the bottom of the pole.
The call was initially ruled a double and then overturned after instant replay.
Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney both had quick 1-2-3 eighth and ninth innings to secure the sweep.
The improve to 23-20 on the season, and head to Toronto today. Jake Odorizzi will make his Rays debut against Cy Young knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (3-5, 4.83 ERA); first pitch 1:07 ET.
News and Notes:
- Evan Longoria extended his hit streak to 13 games going 1-4.
- Jose Molina (hamstring tightness) will likely be available today.
- Around the AL East: The Yankees-Blue Jays game was posponed due to rain, and the Red Sox beat the Twins 5-1.