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While Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore was able to recover from a rough
three-week stretch, Chicago’s Chris Sale hopes a new month is what
it will take to end his current drought.
Trying to win his fourth straight start, Moore hopes to help the
Rays extend Sale’s winless stretch to seven games and record a
fourth consecutive victory over the White Sox on Saturday
After going 8-0 with a 2.99 ERA in his first nine starts, Moore
(11-3, 3.65 ERA) went 0-3 with a 9.31 ERA in the next five. Since
then, the left-hander has allowed four runs and overcome 12 walks
by striking out 24 in 19 1-3 innings to win three straight.
He gave up two hits and fanned nine in seven innings of a 12-0
victory at Houston on Monday.
“He’s going to continue to get better,” manager Joe Maddon
said. “That’s his 11th win right there and we’re still talking
about the little foibles that he may have.
“But to his credit he knows that and he knows that there’s room
for improvement, and because he does he’s going to continue to get
Moore improved to 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA against the White Sox
(34-49) after he allowed a solo homer to Adam Dunn and two other
hits while striking out nine in six innings of a 10-4 victory April
Moore went 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA last season when he squared off
both times against Sale (5-7, 2.79), who is 2-1 with a 4.08 ERA as
a starter versus Tampa Bay (47-40). Sale allowed two runs, four
hits and walked four but struck out seven in seven innings of a 5-2
win over the Rays on April 25.
That victory began a five-start stretch where Sale went 4-0 with
a 1.18 ERA. However, after the left-hander missed his next
scheduled start May 21 because of shoulder tendinitis, the calendar
turned to June, where he went 0-5 with a 3.19 ERA in six
His teammates have totaled 12 runs in those starts, and managed
six singles Sunday when Sale gave up three runs and struck out 10
in eight innings of a 4-0 loss to Cleveland.
“Just another tough one,” he said. “Just got to keep your head
up, keep plugging along.”
Chicago showed little fight while losing for the 25th time in 35
games, 8-3 at Tampa Bay on Friday. Desmond Jennings had three hits
and James Loney added two with an RBI for the Rays, who have
outscored their opponents 58-28 while winning nine of 12.
“As a team we’re doing a really good job of getting better
at-bats and that’s huge to make sure that the team keeps hitting
the way we’re doing right now,” Rays catcher Jose Molina said.
Loney is batting .406 during his 16-game hitting streak, while
Jennings has hit the same over his last seven.
Jennings, however, is 1 for 6 with three strikeouts versus
Despite Chicago’s struggles, second baseman Gordon Beckham has
batted .390 with seven RBIs in his last 11 contests.