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Moore (14-3) shuts out BoSox; Rays half-game out of first

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BOSTON -- Matt Moore keeps struggling when he warms up in the bullpen before the game. Then he dominates when he gets out to the mound.

Joe Maddon is eager to see the trend continue.

"Maybe we'll kick him in the shins before he goes out," the Tampa Bay manager said after Moore pitched his first career shutout, a two-hitter to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 on Monday night and give the Rays their sixth consecutive victory.

Ben Zobrist had three hits and James Loney drove in two runs for the Rays, who have lost only twice in 20 games since June 28. In the past month, the Rays have improved from last place to one-half game behind Boston in the AL East.

"I really believed we were going to get back into it," Maddon said. "I didn't know when."

In his first start since pitching a scoreless fifth inning in the All-Star Game, Moore (14-3) gave up Mike Napoli's single in the second and David Ortiz's base hit in the seventh. Ortiz took second on a wild pitch -- the only baserunner to get past first.

"That was impressive to watch," Red Sox starter Brandon Workman said.

Moore walked one batter, struck out four and needed only 109 pitches -- only three of them were "non-competitive," pitching coach Jim Hickey said -- for his first career complete game and his sixth victory in a row. He needed only six pitches to get through the sixth inning.

"I think that's the most efficient I've been," Moore said. "I think that's probably the best game I've ever thrown [considering] the Red Sox are playing well, and we're on the road."

Moore said he struggled in the bullpen trying to warm up before the game -- just as he did at Citi Field for last week's All-Star Game.

"It was pretty bad back there," he said. "But I told [catcher Jose Lobaton], 'We're going to be OK. We'll figure it out out there.'"

Workman (0-1) made his second career start, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings.

"Overall, a very well-pitched game on both sides. But Matt Moore was the story of the night," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We really didn't have a chance to get anything going."

Workman, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his other start, allowed three consecutive singles to start the game before Loney made it 1-0 on a sacrifice fly.

Loney, who rejoined the team from the paternity list on Sunday, also had a run-scoring single in the fifth. Loney was the only established major-leaguer acquired by Boston in last-season's salary-dumping trade that sent Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Desmond Jennings drove in the third run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Jose De La Torre.

Yunel Escobar, who hadn't played since the All-Star break because of a right hamstring strain, returned to the lineup for Tampa Bay and went 1 for 2 with two walks and a run. He played errorless defense at shortstop for the 53rd consecutive game, a club record.

Notes

  • The Red Sox said a second opinion on Clay Buchholz's right shoulder showed no significant structural damage.
  • During his past six starts, all victories, Moore has a 1.50 ERA.
  • Wil Myers sat out the game with a sore left wrist.
  • The Red Sox are 9-4 against the Rays this season.
  • In Workman's previous start, he had his no-hit bid broken up by Coco Crisp's infield hit to start the seventh inning.
  • All 10 hits in the game were singles.
 
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Matt Moore limits the Red Sox to two hits at Fenway, and the Rays move within a half-game of first place in the AL East.  (USATSI)
Matt Moore limits the Red Sox to two hits at Fenway, and the Rays move within a half-game of first place in the AL East. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

M. Moore
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 4
Tampa Bay

J. Loney
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF3011001 .268
Ben Zobrist, 2B5130002 .269
Evan Longoria, 3B4010023 .277
James Loney, 1B3012001 .314
Luke Scott, DH3000103 .270
Kelly Johnson, LF4000022 .252
Matt Joyce, RF-LF4110010 .243
Jose Lobaton, C3000110 .259
Yunel Escobar, SS2110210 .252
Totals3138347  
Batting
SF - Desmond Jennings (4), James Loney (4)
SH - Desmond Jennings (3)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (40), James Loney 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (19)
SB - Ben Zobrist (7, 2nd base off Workman/Lavarnway), Matt Joyce (7, 2nd base off De La Torre/Lavarnway)
PK - Desmond Jennings (4, Workman)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matt Moore (W,14-3) 9200140 3.17
WP - Matt Moore (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Moore 109-74
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Moore 10-12
Batters Faced - Matt Moore 29
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000000 .304
Shane Victorino, RF4000000 .285
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3000000 .308
David Ortiz, DH3010000 .321
Mike Napoli, 1B2010101 .260
Jonny Gomes, LF3000012 .239
Ryan Lavarnway, C3000011 .225
Brandon Snyder, 3B3000010 .207
Jose Iglesias, SS3000010 .351
Totals2802014  
Batting
Team LOB - 2
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Workman (L,0-1) 6722240 4.40
Jose De La Torre 2.2111230 6.52
Craig Breslow 0.1000000 2.88
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Workman 103-68, Jose De La Torre 50-29, Craig Breslow 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Workman 5-8, Jose De La Torre 2-3
Batters Faced - Brandon Workman 26, Jose De La Torre 11, Craig Breslow 1
Game Information
Attendance - 35016
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Brian Gorman