BY: John Mamola
The third time was indeed the charm for the Tampa Bay Rays in their third win on the road this season as they defeat the Chicago White Sox 10-4. Matt Moore continues his blazing hot start to the season by earning his fifth win in as many starts, and setting a new Rays team record for wins in the month of April.
Moore came into the match up against the pale hose with a MLB best 1.04 ERA and a career best four game winning streak. The 23 year old southpaw was spectacular once again playing the role of stopper, ending the Rays two game losing streak.
The Rays offense gave Moore the immediate support he needed in the very first inning when Ben Zobrist blasted his second home run of the season. Zorilla’s two run shot gave the Rays an early 2-0 lead on the south siders. James Loney’s red hot bat continued to producer for the Rays in their half of the third inning with an RBI single scoring Evan Longoria to make it 3-0 Tampa Bay.
Matt Moore was on cruise control through the first three innings of the game not allowing a hit and striking out six batters in a row. Moore did not allow a hit until the White Sox half of the fourth inning. Adam Dunn went opposite field to left center for a solo home run to make it a 3-1 Rays lead.
The Rays offense poured it on throughout the remainder of the game, scoring at least a run in each inning from the fifth through the eighth. The Rays set new season highs with 19 hits and scoring 10 runs in a single game.
Kelly Johnson went 4-5 with a pair of RBI singles, and Desmond Jennings blasted his third home run of the season. Moore only needed six innings of work to earn his fifth win of the season, striking out nine only allowing a run on three hits.
The White Sox offense awoke in the bottom half of the eight scoring three runs on a pair of RBI singles and a bases loaded walk. Joel Peralta came into the game replacing Kyle Farnsworth with the bases loaded and one out. Peralta ended the late inning rally with a pair of strikeouts to Tyler Flowers and Alejandro De Aza.
The Rays added two more runs back in the top half of the ninth on back to back RBI singles by Evan Longoria and James Loney.
The Rays will look to split the series with the White Sox tomorrow afternoon in Chicago. David Price will take the hill for the Rays still in search of his first win of 2013. The 2012 Cy Young Award winner will go up against Dylan Axelrod. You can catch all the action on 620 WDAE beginning at 1:30pm, with a 2:10pm first pitch.