Tampa Bay Rays lose 8-2 to Texas Rangers
The Tampa Bay Rays had a chance to grab some breathing room in
the race for the AL wild cards.
Hurt by a shaky outing from Matt Moore, it just didn’t work
Moore allowed three home runs for the first time this season and
Tampa Bay lost 8-2 to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, leaving
the teams tied atop the wild-card standings.
”There’s someone responsible for the damage and I’m that
person,” Moore said. ”Going into today I had a chance to keep us
on top of the leaderboard as far as the wild card goes. It’s
frustrating tonight, but we’re back at them tomorrow.”
Elvis Andrus drove in three runs as Texas salvaged a split of
the four-game series. The Rangers won the season series 4-3, and
each team has 10 games left.
”It looked like we’re starting to get it back together a little
bit,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Moore (15-4) gave up six runs, five earned, in four innings. He
had allowed just four homers total over his previous 16 starts.
Texas rebounded after losing 4-3 in 12 innings Wednesday night,
a game in which closer Joe Nathan couldn’t hold a one-run lead in
”I was impressed with them tonight after that tough loss last
night for them, a great win for us,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon
said. ”It was obvious tonight that they came out to play. They
The Indians, meanwhile, pulled within a half-game of the
wild-card leaders by beating Houston 2-1 in 11 innings. Cleveland
has nine games left.
Yu Darvish won for the first time in seven starts since Aug. 12,
surviving a 40-pitch first inning in which he hit a batter and
walked three, falling behind 2-0. Darvish (13-9) made it through
five innings despite walking six, throwing 109 pitches.
”The lack of the stellar performance is not the result of not
putting out the effort,” Maddon said. ”Even though you don’t
pitch as well as you’d like to, at some point you’ve got to
offensively beat someone up. We had many, many, many opportunities.
Darvish is wonderful, but he was totally off of his game tonight
with six walks. To not take advantage of that, that was our
Mitch Moreland, Andrus and Alex Rios homered against Moore in
the third inning to put the Rangers ahead to stay.
Craig Gentry had four of the Rangers’ 16 hits and three of their
five stolen bases, the most against the Rays this season.
Andrus’ homer was his second of the series and his fourth of the
season, all since Aug. 10. Moreland, the only left-handed hitter in
the Texas lineup, hit his 23rd and it was No. 17 for Rios. Geovany
Soto added his eighth homer off Cesar Ramos in the ninth.
The Rangers were down 2-1 when Moreland led off the third with
long drive to left-center. Following Ian Kinsler’s flyout to the
warning track in left, Andrus and Rios hit consecutive home runs to
NOTES: Rays SS Tim Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008
draft, singled as a pinch hitter in his major league debut. …
Texas OF Nelson Cruz (suspension) has started playing games with
the Rangers’ instructional league team in Arizona. … Tampa Bay
sent Class-A LHP Matthew Spann to Washington as the player to be
named in an August 23 trade in which the Rays obtained OF David
DeJesus. … Rays rookie OF Wil Myers got his first haircut since
spring training, which garnered a lot of attention in the
clubhouse. ”He told me he paid $14 for it, and that’s $14 too
much,” said pitcher David Price. … Tampa Bay RHP Jesse Crain
(right shoulder strain) threw 26 pitches in an instructional league
game. The Rays expect to activate him soon.