Pitching his first career complete game, Matt Moore and the Rays won a crucial 3-0 victory against the Boston Red Sox Monday night. The Rays are now only a half-game behind first place Boston in the AL East division standings.
Coming into Monday night’s game with a 13-3 record and tied for most major league wins, Matt Moore becomes the first pitcher in the MLB to reach 14 wins this season. He continued his hot streak with a complete game Monday night and striking out four batters, while throwing only 109 pitches. Giving up only two hits and one walk, Moore’s ERA slimmed down to 3.17.
With Boston’s rookie pitcher Brandon Workman making his Fenway debut Monday night, the Rays certainly had no trouble getting to him, as they had seven hits off of him. Workman also threw four strikeouts against the Rays.
The Rays’ hot offense delivered early as Ben Zobrist scored off of James Loney’s sacrifice fly in the first inning. In his first at bat since injuring his right hamstring on July 14, Yunel Escobar singled in the second inning. Both Escobar and Loney continued to produce for the Rays as Loney’s RBI single drove in Escobar after Boston’s rookie starting pitcher walked Escobar in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Desmond Jennings’ sacrifice fly allowed Matt Joyce to score the Rays’ final run of the night.
Unfortunately, Luke Scott’s 13-game hitting streak ended Monday night, as he was hitting .383 during the streak.
Wil Myers was missing from the lineup for the second straight game due to wrist soreness.
Prior to Monday night’s win, the Rays had lost nine out of 12 games against Boston this season. They will play three more games in this four games series against Boston at Fenway Park with the hopes of climbing to the top of the division standings.