Toronto at Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay
W: M. Moore (10-3) L: M. Buehrle (4-5)
HR: TOR - None   TB - None

Moore settles down to get 10th win as Rays beat Jays wire reports

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- All that mattered to Matt Moore was that he earned his 10th win, even if it wasn't very pretty.

Moore overcame control problems to allow one run over six innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Tuesday night.

"In a pitching sense, he was the bend but not break," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "Wavered a bit in the beginning but he did not cave in, and that's a beautiful thing about him."

Moore (10-3) tied career highs with six walks and 11 strikeouts en route to his 10th win this season and second straight after a three-game skid. The left-hander gave up four hits.

"Any time where there's six walks and I can get through the sixth inning, it's a pretty unusual thing to happen," Moore said.

Tampa Bay rookie Wil Myers had an RBI single during a three-run fourth. Considered one of baseball's top prospects, the outfielder has eight RBIs in nine games since being called up June 18 from Triple-A Durham.

Mark Buehrle (4-5) gave up four runs, eight hits and four walks in five innings for the Blue Jays, who have lost two in a row since arriving at Tropicana Field after tying a franchise record with 11 consecutive wins.

Toronto, by dropping the first two games of the three-game set, has not won a series at Tampa Bay since April 2007, a stretch of 19 series.

The Blue Jays get their leadoff hitter back Wednesday when shortstop Jose Reyes, sidelined since mid-April by a left ankle injury, will be activated from the disabled list.

"I'm very excited about it," Reyes said. "I missed two months of doing what I love to do and now I know I'm going to be on the field one more time around my team. The way they're playing, I want to be part of the success they're having right now."

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Reyes has no limitations.

"He's one of those centerpieces of our team," Gibbons said. "Before he got hurt he was great. He was playing really well. He's been gone a while and now maybe he can put us over the top. We'll see."

Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the third, but failed to score when Moore struck out Rajai Davis and Colby Rasmus. Toronto entered hitting .194 this season with the bases loaded.

Rays relievers Jake McGee, Kyle Farnsworth and Jamey Wright completed the six-hitter.

Tampa Bay went ahead 4-1 in the fourth on consecutive sacrifice flies by Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist, and an RBI single from Myers, who was part of a multiplayer offseason deal that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City.

Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista almost threw out slow-footed catcher Jose Molina on Rodriguez's fly.

"I was pretty much watching the incredible throw by Bautista," Maddon said. "He throws it right on the plate. How does he do that from that distance?"

After Zobrist hit his sac fly and Evan Longoria was intentionally walked, Myers completed the three-run outburst with his hit.

Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil entered in the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Yunel Escobar that ended his team-record streak of not allowing a hit over his previous 40 at-bats. Kelly Johnson made it 5-1 later in the inning with a run-scoring grounder.

Maicer Izturis put the Blue Jays up 1-0 with an RBI single in the second. The Rays tied it in the bottom half on Desmond Jennings' run-scoring single.

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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

M. Moore
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 6
K 11

C. Rasmus
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Melky Cabrera, DH5020004 .278
Jose Bautista, RF3000212 .247
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4010102 .271
Adam Lind, 1B4000034 .324
Mark DeRosa, 2B2000211 .222
Rajai Davis, LF4100024 .294
Colby Rasmus, CF4020024 .246
J.P. Arencibia, C3000122 .227
Maicer Izturis, SS3011101 .229
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RBI - Maicer Izturis (14)
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Toronto Blue Jays
Mark Buehrle (L,4-5) 5844420 4.73
Neil Wagner 1000100 0.75
Brett Cecil 0.2211000 1.59
Steve Delabar 0.1000110 1.73
Dustin McGowan 1100110 4.15
IBB - Longoria by Mark Buehrle
WP - Mark Buehrle (2)
HBP - Johnson (by Mark Buehrle)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 99-58, Neil Wagner 26-14, Brett Cecil 19-13, Steve Delabar 12-6, Dustin McGowan 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 4-9, Neil Wagner 1-2, Brett Cecil 2-0, Dustin McGowan 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Neil Wagner 4, Brett Cecil 4, Steve Delabar 2, Dustin McGowan 5
Tampa Bay Rays
Desmond Jennings, CF4121101 .259
Sean Rodriguez, LF3001002 .235
    Matt Joyce, PH-LF1000012 .258
Ben Zobrist, DH4011000 .274
Evan Longoria, 3B2010310 .302
Wil Myers, RF4011114 .289
Yunel Escobar, SS5130012 .244
James Loney, 1B5130004 .309
Jose Molina, C2100203 .267
Kelly Johnson, 2B3101003 .240
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2B - Ben Zobrist (19, Buehrle)
SF - Sean Rodriguez (1), Ben Zobrist (3)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (29), Sean Rodriguez (11), Ben Zobrist (41), Wil Myers (8), Kelly Johnson (39)
2-OUT RBI - Desmond Jennings (11), Wil Myers (7)
SB - Yunel Escobar (1, 3rd base off Cecil/Arencibia), James Loney (3, 2nd base off Cecil/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 14
DP - Longoria-Johnson-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Moore (W,10-3) 64116110 3.95
Jake McGee (H,15) 1000100 4.99
Kyle Farnsworth 1100000 4.98
Jamey Wright 1100000 3.19
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 120-70, Jake McGee 20-12, Kyle Farnsworth 14-9, Jamey Wright 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 4-3, Jake McGee 1-2, Kyle Farnsworth 1-2, Jamey Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 28, Jake McGee 4, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Jamey Wright 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12041
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Paul Emmel