Rays 4, Indians 2
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said Matt Moore showed some growth
in his wild outing. More importantly, it ended in a Rays
Moore won despite control issues, Carlos Pena homered and the
Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Moore (6-6) allowed two runs and three hits, but walked five in
five-plus innings. The rookie left-hander was coming off a
five-walk – in 4 2-3 innings – loss at Cleveland on July 7.
”Matty was not really sharp with his fastball command,” Maddon
said. ”Breaking ball was kind of a moot point, it was pretty much
getting outs with his fastball when he could.”
Pena hit a two-run homer and Luke Scott had an RBI triple off
Josh Tomlin (5-6) as the Rays took a 3-0 first-inning lead.
Tomlin gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings.
”It was tough putting guys in a hole like that,” Tomlin said.
”I’ve got to do a better job of limiting the damage, especially
the first inning.”
Moore was pulled after giving up a leadoff walk in the sixth to
Carlos Santana. Wade Davis entered and got three quick outs,
including Shelley Duncan’s double play.
”I wasn’t going the distance I needed to go tonight, but
pitching out of jams like that does take a lot out (of you),”
Davis and Joel Peralta each threw 1 1-3 hitless innings. Burke
Badenhop got an out before Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for
his 27th save and completed the four-hitter.
Rodney gave up a two-out single to Casey Kotchman, but then got
a fly to right from pinch-hitter Travis Hafner on the first
Asdrubal Cabrera, mired in a 1-for-26 slide, opened the fourth
with single for the Indians’ first hit. After Moore issued
consecutive walks to Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley, Jose Lopez
cut the deficit to 3-1 on a sacrifice fly.
The Rays starter avoided further damage by striking out Santana
and getting a flyball from Duncan.
”We couldn’t do much offensively,” Indians manager Manny Acta
said. ”I thought we had enough traffic out there. Just couldn’t
execute. Just couldn’t get that hit to get us over the hump.”
Kipnis made it 3-2 on a run-scoring single in the fifth. Later
in the inning Lopez hit a high fly to left after Cleveland had
loaded the bases with two outs.
”Lopez just missed that ball,” Maddon said. ”I’m not going to
deny that. He almost crushed that ball. But (Moore) did pitch
through it. When you’re faced with that kind of situation, you have
to work through it and I thought he held his own pretty well right
Desmond Jennings stole second on a close play with two outs in
the sixth and then scored to make it 4-2 on Jose Lobaton’s RBI
It was just the third career stolen base off Tomlin, and the
first since Kansas City had a double steal on Sept. 19, 2010.
”The guy was out at second base, but what are you going to
do?” Acta said. ”You can’t blame it on the umpire. I didn’t find
anything tricky about the play. Throw beat the guy, clean tag, out.
He didn’t see it that way. (Said) that the guy got the hand in
NOTES: Santana has hit on the right triceps by a Rodney
fastball, but was OK. … Moore threw 90 pitches, two-thirds after
the third inning. … Tampa Bay activated OF Matt Joyce from the
15-day disabled list and optioned INF Will Rhymes to Triple-A
Durham. Joyce, who went 0 for 4, missed 23 games because of a left
oblique strain. … Cleveland RHP Zach McAllister was fine one day
after being hit on the top of the right forearm by a batted ball.
”No issues,” Acta said. … Rays OF Sam Fuld, sidelined all
season after right wrist surgery, could join the team soon from a
minor league rehab assignment.