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Rays pitcher Matt Moore threw seven innings en route to his 13th win of the year in Tampa Bay's 4-3 win Thursday afternoon
by Steve Carney, 620 WDAE Rays beat reporter
Matt Moore pitched into the eighth to earn his 13th win, and Luke Scott and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back solo home runs to break a 1-1 tie and give the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins, capping a four-game sweep and giving Tampa Bay their eighth consecutive win.
The Rays got the scoring started in the third inning, as consecutive singles by Sean Rodriguez and Matt Joyce with one out off Mike Pelfrey brought Wil Myers up, who also singled to score Rodriguez.
Moore had not allowed a hit until the sixth inning, when Brian Dozier doubled with two out in the inning. Jamey Carroll then singled in Dozier to tie the game at 1-1.
Tampa Bay regained the lead for good thanks to back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth, and added insurance with an RBI single by Myers, scoring pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist, who tripled in front of him, an inning later.
Moore left in the eighth after allowing a one-out walk to Clete Thomas, and a single to Pedro Florimon. Alex Torres, who has been great all year, got Dozier to fly out but walked Ryan Doumit to load the bases and allowed a pair to score on a single by Mauer. Joel Peralta then struck out Trevor Plouffe to end the rally.
Tampa Bay will end the first half with a three-game series against Houston at the Trop starting Friday night.