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Moore Suffers Scare, But Rays Take Home 15th Win

 
Moore Suffers Scare, But Rays Take Home 15th Win

by Steve Carney
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Tampa Bay's bats returned to form Sunday, as Matt Joyce hit a three run homer, and Rays pitching allowed just five hits as Tampa Bay picked up their fifteenth win of the spring, a 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Matt Moore did not allow a hit in his four innings of work.  However, he did allow a run to come across after walking four batters in the third inning.

The lefthander left the game after the top of the fourth, as a line drive off the bat of Xander Bogaerts hit him in the face.  Moore was able to retire Bogaerts to end the inning.

Tampa Bay got on board in the top of the first inning, as Wil Myers hustled a two-out double, and scored on a single by Desmond Jennings.

The Rays added three more runs in the next inning, thanks to an RBI single by Ray Olmedo and a two-run single by David DeJesus.

The game remained 4-1 until the fifth, when an RBI single by Jennings made it 5-1, and two batters later, Joyce launched his second home run of the spring to make it 8-1 and end Felix Doubront's afternoon.

Boston got a run back in the seventh off the debuting Juan Carlos Oviedo, but Cameron Setitzer's sacrifice fly in the eighth would set the score.

Tampa Bay returns to Fort Myers on Monday, this time heading to Hammond Stadium to take on the Minnesota Twins.  Chris Archer will get the start, taking on Mike Pelfrey.  First pitch is at 1:05.

Listen to what manager Joe Maddon has to say below!

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