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Rays pitcher Matt Moore allowed just a single run and struck out 11 en route to his tenth win of the season Tuesday
by Steve Carney
It may not have been the prettiest outing from Matt Moore, but it certainly got the job done.
Moore allowed just a single run on four hits in six innings of work, and five Rays players drove in runs, as Tampa Bay took their second straight over the Blue Jays and third game overall 5-1 Tuesday at Tropicana Field.
The lefty's biggest problem Tuesday was his walks, as he walked a pair in the second inning that helped Toronto get their only run off him on an RBI single by Maicer Izturis.
Moore (10-3) ended up walking six Blue Jays hitters, but struck out 11 while throwing a career-high 120 pitches.
Tampa Bay knotted the game in their half of the second, as James Loney singled off Mark Buehrle with one out, moved to second base on a wild pitch, and scored three batters late on a single by Desmond Jennings.
The Rays took the lead two innings later, as Jose Molina walked to start the home half of the fourth. Kelly Johnson was then hit by a pitch, and Jennings singled to load the bases. Sean Rodriguez lifted a fly ball to right that was able to score Molina to break the tie, and Ben Zobrist followed suit with a sacrifice fly of his own to make it 3-1. Evan Longoria was intentionally walked, and Wil Myers made Buehrle pay by lining a single to left to bring in Jennings for a 4-1 lead.
Tampa Bay added a run in the seventh on a fielder's choice by Johnson, scoring Yunel Escobar.
Tampa Bay can sweep the series with a win Wednesday afternoon, as Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14 ERA) takes on R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15 ERA) starting at 12:15. Pregame coverage begins on 620 WDAE and 95.3 FM at 11:30.