Rays' Moore to start against Mariners

Rays' Moore to start against Mariners

Published Aug. 14, 2012 9:23 a.m. ET

In a Tampa Bay rotation led by David Price
and James Shields, it might be Matt Moore who is currently throwing the
ball best of all.

The left-hander tries to
win a fourth consecutive start and help the AL wild card-leading Rays
extend their season-high winning streak to eight games Tuesday night
against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.

Moore (9-7, 3.73 ERA), who is 4-1 with 1.47 ERA since the All-Star
break, has allowed one run and 12 hits and struck out 18 over 17 2-3
innings during his three-game winning streak. He gave up that one run
and two hits in six innings of a 7-1 win over Toronto on Thursday.

"Obviously I'm extremely pleased with where I've come from the
beginning of the season," said the 23-year-old Moore, who was 5-6 with a
4.42 ERA in 17 starts prior to the break. "After not putting together
too many quality starts, now I'm getting a little more hungry for the
eighth or ninth inning, just to see what those are like."


Moore's only blemish over his last five starts came in a 2-1 home
loss to Seattle on July 22 when he gave up two runs in eight innings.
He's split two career starts against the Mariners, allowing three runs
over 13 innings.

Tampa Bay (63-52) has a
2.11 staff ERA while batting .311 and averaging 5.9 runs during its
seven-game winning streak. Alex Cobb threw seven strong innings, B.J.
Upton hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist added three hits in Monday's
series opener as the Rays also extended their road winning streak to a
season-high six with a 4-1 victory over the Mariners.

Tampa Bay has not won eight in a row overall since stringing together 12 straight victories June 9-22, 2004.

"We've got out work cut out for us, but we're going to try to keep
this roll going," said Zobrist, who is hitting .441 (15 for 34) in his
last 10 games.

The Rays' latest victory
snapped a seven-game home winning streak for Seattle (53-64), which
averaged 5.3 runs during that stretch. Tampa Bay has won six of eight in
the season series.

Kyle Seager, who had
two of the Mariners' five hits Monday, is 12 for 26 (.462) in his last
seven games. He's 1 for 5 against Moore.

Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.38) looks to avoid a third straight losing start
when he takes the mound for the Mariners on Tuesday. The right-hander
has allowed 11 runs in 10 innings over his last two outings - both on
the road. He gave up seven in four innings of Wednesday's 9-2 loss at

"No fun to stink," Millwood said.

The veteran may benefit from a return home, where he is 2-2 with a
2.27 ERA in his last seven starts. He gave up a run over 6 1-3 innings
in his most recent outing at Safeco, a 4-3 win over Kansas City on July

Millwood fell to 3-4 with a 5.10 ERA
in nine career starts against the Rays after he yielded four runs in 6
1-3 innings of a 4-3 loss at Tampa Bay on May 3.