Game 120: Moore Earns 10th Win as Bats Continue Surge to Sweep Angels

By Robbie Knopf

What a series the Rays had in Anaheim. They were not going to let the finale spoil that.

The Angels have four really good starting pitchers on their team in Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren and Zack Greinke. Unfortunately for the Angels, the Rays made them look ordinary. It was Greinke’s turn on Sunday and it became apparent quickly that it was not his day. Ryan Roberts and Sean Rodriguez strung together 1-out singles in the 2nd inning before Greinke walked Jose Molina on 5 pitches. Elliot Johnson was hit by a pitch to score one run, and after Desmond Jennings popped out, B.J. Upton walked to score a second. Matt Joyce then laced a single to right field to score 2 as the Rays took a 4-0 lead. Greinke managed to throw a pair of scoreless frames after that, but Ryan Roberts drilled a 2-run home run in the 5th to give Greinke a miserable final stat line. Greinke allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings, striking out 8 while walking 4. His control was off all day, and the Rays took advantage.

Matt Moore‘s command wasn’t great and he left too many pitches up in the zone. Mike Trout in the 4th inning and Albert Pujols in the 6th got him for solo home runs. But Moore refused to give in and simply attacked the zone. He allowed a lot of contact in the air, but the truth is that with Matt Moore’s stuff, it is awfully hard to square his pitches up. Two of the best hitters in the game managed to do just that. But Moore limited the damage otherwise and left with a start that he could be proud of. Moore went 6.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, striking out 5 while walking 2. Jake McGee and Joel Peralta pitched 1.2 scoreless innings behind him before the Rays scored 2 in the top of the 9th on a Carlos Pena RBI double to put the game out of reach at 8-2. Wade Davis did allow a run to cross in the 9th but held the Angels right there as the Rays won 8-3. Moore (10-7) got to double-digit wins in his rookie season, and Greinke (10-5) took the loss, his second in as many starts against the Rays this season. The Rays got nice pitching from Moore and the lineup seized every opportunity it received to put together the 4-run second inning and demoralize the Angels from the start. The Rays leave Anaheim filled with nothing but smiles after a 4-game sweep that was as good as it gets. The Rays get right back at it on Monday, beginning a series at home against the Kansas City Royals. Jeremy Hellickson matches up against lefty Will Smith in the opener. The Rays ran on all cylinders this series and they hope to continue that against the Royals and the rest of the season.