Rays win in Moore's return
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Moore may have come back just in time for the reeling Tampa Bay Rays.
Making his first start in more than a month, Moore fired 5 1/3 innings of one- run ball in the Rays' 7-1 triumph over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the second test of a four-game set.
Moore (15-3), who hadn't started since July 28 due to elbow soreness, fanned six and surrendered an unearned run on four hits and four walks to pick up the win.
The 24-year-old flamethrowing southpaw had won six consecutive starts and limited his opponents to seven runs over 42 innings prior to his trip to the disabled list.
Roberto Hernandez tossed 3 2/3 perfect frames and struck out seven to notch his first career save.
Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar smacked solo homers, while Ben Zobrist added a two-run double for the Rays, who moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the New York Yankees and three in front of the Baltimore Orioles for the AL's second wild-card spot.
Tampa Bay, which had managed just 19 runs during a 1-8 stretch coming in, banged out 15 hits.
Jason Vargas (8-6) allowed five runs on 10 hits and two walks over four-plus innings for the Angels, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
With the tilt tied 1-1 after the second, the Rays plated a run in the third, two in the fourth, and a run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to surge ahead.
Jennings led off the third with a homer to center before Zobrist ripped a two- run double down the left field line in the fourth. Jose Lobaton's RBI single in the fifth and Escobar's blast to start the sixth increased the margin to 6-1. Wil Myers, who doubled to begin the seventh, later scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-1.
Evan Longoria, who was 4-for-35 during the Rays' 1-8 stretch, tallied two hits ... The Rays were 3-for-20 with runners in scoring position, while the Angels finished 0-for-5 with RISP.
09/04 01:27:57 ET