The Rays looked like a completely different ball-club Friday night at the Trop against the Marlins. Matt Moore turned in what was probably his best outing of the year throwing 7 shutout innings. The combined shut out was completed from the bullpen by Badenhop and Brandon Gomes.
The Rays scored three runs in the bottom of the second, a run in the third, and 2 runs in the fifth. They topped it off with 5 runs in the seventh. These runs included an RBI double from Jose Lobaton, a bases-clearing double from Jennings, a solo homer from Ben Zobrist, two RBI singles by Rhymes, and RBI singles from Joyce and Rodriguez.
The Rays are now 36-28. The Yankees won Friday, but Boston and Baltimore both lost. The Rays gain no ground on New York but gain a game on the O’s. They are one game back from Baltimore and 2.5 behind New York.
notable stat lines
Matt Moore W(4-5) 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Carlos Zambrono L (4-5) 2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 3 K
Desmond Jennings (2-5) R, 4 RBI
Matt Joyce (1-4) BB, RBI
Ben Zobrist (2-3) 2 R, BB, RBI
Carlos Pena (0-1) 4 BB, 4 R
Sean Rodriguez (1-1) RBI
Jose Lobaton (1-3) 2 R,BB, RBI
Will Rhymes (2-3) 2 RBI
news and notes
The Rays will continue this sereis Saturday night at the Trop. It will be James Shields (7-4 4.06 ERA) vs. Anibel Sanchez (3-5 3.40 ERA). First pitch is at 7 :15.