American League Game Summary - Chicago at Tampa Bay|
(Saturday, July 6th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Chicago 0
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Matt Moore struck out six over 6 1/3
stellar frames to outduel Chicago's Chris Sale as the Tampa Bay Rays blanked
the White Sox, 3-0, in the middle test of a three-game set at Tropicana Field.
The matchup between the two up-and-coming southpaws was a rematch of a May 28,
2012 contest that featured 25 combined strikeouts between the two hurlers,
with Sale then getting the better of Moore in a 2-1 Chicago victory.
Moore (12-3) exacted a bit of revenge Saturday, scattering five hits and two
walks to notch his fourth straight victory and become the third pitcher to win
at least 12 games in the majors this season.
"I really believe the last three starts he's gotten better," Rays manager Joe
Maddon said of Moore. "As the game is in progress, he keeps getting better and
I saw that again tonight."
Luke Scott, Sam Fuld and Desmond Jennings each knocked in a run for the Rays,
who have won three straight and seven of their last eight games.
Sale (5-8) pitched admirably in defeat, striking out nine and yielding three
runs -- two earned -- on six hits and a walk over seven frames. The loss
extended his career-high losing skid to six games.
"He pitched well, once again we don't give him any runs," Chicago designated
hitter Jeff Keppinger said. "It has to be tough on his mental aspect of the
game. It seems like whenever he's on the mound, we don't put up any offense."
Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez registered two hits apiece for the White
Sox, who mustered just six hits as a team in falling for the eighth time in 10
Tampa Bay got to Sale in the second, as Yunel Escobar smacked a leadoff single
before Jose Lobaton reached first on third baseman Conor Gillaspie's fielding
Scott quickly capitalized on the miscue, lacing an RBI double to right to get
the Rays on the board. After Fuld fanned, Jennings grounded out to third to
allow Lobaton to race home for a 2-0 lead.
The Rays added to the margin in the sixth, which started with Wil Myers
reaching on an infield single. He raced all the way to third on Lobaton's
groundout to third before Scott was hit by a pitch to leave men on the corners
with two outs.
Fuld followed with a base hit to center to score Myers for a 3-0 lead.
Chicago finally chased Moore from the contest in the seventh, when Beckham
stroked a one-out single to end the left-hander's outing.
Jake McGee took over on the mound and needed just one pitch to escape the
frame, as Tyler Flowers grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Joel Peralta pitched a scoreless eighth and Fernando Rodney retired the White
Sox in order in the ninth to secure his 19th save of the season.
Moore is tied with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann with 12 wins, one behind
Detroit's Max Scherzer for tops in the majors ... Scott has 30 RBI this
season, making him the eighth Tampa Bay player with as many this season, the
most in the majors ... Myers has hit safely in 16 of his 19 career games since
his June 18 callup ... Sale and reliever Jesse Crain were named to the AL All-
Star team Saturday ... Tampa Bay second baseman Ben Zobrist was also named as
a reserve for the All-Star Game.
07/07 01:06:58 ET