American League Game Summary - Tampa Bay at Houston|
(Monday, July 1st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 12, Houston 0
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Moore tossed seven scoreless innings as
the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Houston Astros, 12-0, in the opener of a four-
game set at Minute Maid Park.
Moore (11-3) allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out eight to win
his third straight start. Cesar Ramos worked two perfect innings in relief.
Sean Rodriguez went 4-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI, Ryan Roberts hit a
two-run homer and a solo shot, and Sam Fuld added three hits and a pair of RBI
for the Rays, winners in six of their last eight games.
"We know everybody can hit on this team, and to see the guys come out and do
it tonight, it was awesome to be a part of," Roberts said.
Dallas Keuchel (4-5) was charged with five runs on eight hits and five walks
over 4 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.
The Rays plated three runs in the third inning. With runners at second and
third and one out, James Loney lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to score
Wil Myers. Roberts followed with a two-run homer to left to give the visitors
a 3-0 edge.
Moore gave up a a single to Chris Carter with no outs in the fourth, but went
on to retire the next 11 hitters before handing the ball over to Ramos, who
retired all six batters he faced.
Tampa Bay added two more in the fifth inning. Yunel Escobar walked and
Roberts singled to put two on for Jose Lobaton, who smacked an RBI base hit to
left field. Fuld followed with a single that scored Roberts to put the
Rays on top 5-0.
Tampa Bay added four more in the seventh and three more in the eighth to break
the game open. Fuld, Desmond Jennings, Rodriguez and Myers hit four straight
RBI singles to make it 9-0 in the seventh.
In the eighth, Roberts stroked a homer to left-center before Rodriguez belted
a two-run double to center to account for the final margin.
"I thought early on we stuck to the plan, but as the game went along it looked
like our at-bats got a little more impatient," Astros manager Bo Porter said.
Moore, who threw 101 pitches, has never thrown a complete game ... Tampa Bay,
which had 17 hits, went 8-for-15 with runners in scoring position ... Astros
first baseman Carlos Pena missed the game due to a death in the family ...
Houston has dropped four straight and six of its last seven games overall ...
Loney has a 12-game hitting streak.
07/02 02:46:58 ET