Rays beat Rangers 2-0, avoid sweep
The Rays avoided a sweep with a 2-0 win over the Rangers on a cold, damp afternoon in Texas.
With a first-pitch temperature of 39 degrees after a 90-minute delay, Rays starter Matt Moore worked into the sixth, allowing only one hit but walking a career-high six. Moore also struck out five in throwing 106 pitches.
The Rays didn't exactly pound the ball, scoring one run on a fielder's choice grounder by Ben Zobrist and the other on an Evan Longoria sac fly.
Zobrist made a tremendous throw to the plate from rightfield to preserve the shutout after Joel Peralta put two on with one out in the eighth.
Fernando Rodney allowed a leadoff single but nothing else and notched his first save, then shot his first arrow of the season.
The Rays improved to 4-5 and head to Boston where, after a day off Thursday, they open a four-game weekend wrap-around series with the Red Sox.