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LHP Matt Moore became the first eight-game winner in the majors as the Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles with a 3-1 win.
Moore moved to a perfect 8-0 in working seven innings, allowing the one runs and five hits, striking out three. Joel Peralta worked the eighth and Fernando Rodney, who blew his last save chance on Thursday, the ninth for his eight save.
The Rays moved to a season-high three games over .500 at 23-20, and open a three-game series at Toronto on Monday.
The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the third when Yunel Escobar, the first batter to reach for either team, drew a two-out walk and came around on Desmond Jennings’ double to left. The O’s tied it in the fourth when Joyce and Desmond Jennings nearly collided on Manny Machado’s drive to right-center, resulting in a triple, then the run on Adam Jones’ single.
The Rays took the lead with a pair of home runs. One was simple, a leadoff shot by ex-Oriole Luke Scott in the fifth.
The other, not so much. Matt Joyce lined a ball that hit at the top of the rightfield wall and just below the foul pole. The umpires initially called it fair, and, with Joyce at second, thus a double.
Which led to both managers protesting – the Orioles Buck Showalter that it was foul, the Rays Joe Maddon that it was a home run. The umps talked it over with each manage, then amongst themselves, then paired off two with each manager, then huddled again before finally going to the replay – and ruling it was, as most viewers knew, a home run....
When the Bucs made a procedural move last December, shifting the 2013 salaries of receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks onto the ledger for the 2012 league year, it did more than help the team’s current salary cap situation (enabling it to acquire cornerback Darrelle Revis)....