Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Moore 5-0 as Rays rout White Sox

CHICAGO — Matt Moore started again for the Rays, and he won again, his five in April matching all kinds of marks and milestones, including a team record for any month, Boston's Clay Buchholz for the major-league lead and the season total of the Marlins.

And though Moore didn't look like he needed much help in the 10-4 win over the White Sox, he got plenty, as his teammates racked up season highs with the 10 runs and 19 hits, including a career-high-tying four each from Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria.

Moore talked a lot about the specifics of Saturday's win, how he mixed his fastball and his breaking ball, how he battled back from behind in counts, how he adjusted after a leadoff walk to strike out the next six, how much his teammates have done when he's on the mound.

But the 5-0 start, and the almost equally impressive 1.13 ERA, especially for a pitcher previously known as a slow starter?

"I've never done this before in the beginning of a season," Moore said. "So right now I'll just try to stay hungry and keep feeding off that last one, keep riding the snowball."

Those watching him, though, were plenty impressed.

"Same thing as every night he pitches, it's special," Johnson said. "He gets a lot of uncomfortable swings. Guys just don't time him. His fastball looks like 110 (mph) sometimes. Just so poised and smooth."

Moore didn't allow a hit until Adam Dunn's solo homer with two out in the fourth and only three for the night and finished with nine strikeouts, the only blemish that he lasted only six innings.

Though he fell one short of the team mark for consecutive strikeouts — held not by David Price or James Shields or Scott Kazmir but Andy Sonnanstine (June 2007) — Moore did earn a few entries in the record book.

His five wins are the most by a Ray in April and match the most in any month (done also by Price and Kazmir), and his 1.13 ERA is the best for April and second-best for any month (behind Jeff Niemann's 1.06 in July 2011).

And he became the third American League pitcher under age 24 to go 5-0 in April, joining Greg Swindell (1988) and a chap named Babe Ruth (1917).

"Five-and-oh right now is pretty awesome, there's no getting around that," manager Joe Maddon said. "Of course he can't sustain all of this, but I'm telling you, there is more in Moore. As his fastball continues to go where he wants it to go, heads up. He could stay hot for a long time."

The bats were certainly hot Saturday, helped by Sox starter Gavin Floyd leaving in the third with an elbow issue, and the Rays (10-13, 3-9 on the road) will hope to carry over what was a team effort, as red-hot James Loney had three more hits to increase his average to .379 and Longoria and Ben Zobrist, who got them started with a two-run homer that was his first since opening day, showed the benefit of the early extra batting practice they took Saturday.

The big night allowed the Rays to show off their new team gesture, players who get a big hit doing a modified version of the arrow shot by closer Fernando Rodney at the end of games.

It looked new Saturday, but apparently it just hadn't been as prominent.

"It's been going on for a little bit," Johnson said. "We just haven't had 19 hits. A lot of target practice tonight."

Moore 5-0 as Rays rout White Sox 04/27/13 [Last modified: Sunday, April 28, 2013 12:26am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  2. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated

    Footballpreps

    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Dirk Koetter says Vernon Hargreaves needs to improve

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs now rank 31st in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 301 yards per game in their 2-3 start, and coach Dirk Koetter was asked Monday how concerned he is with the play of second-year CB Vernon Hargreaves.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick, throwing an incompletion under pressure after replacing injured Jameis Winston against the Cardinals,  would start this Sunday in Buffalo if Winston’s shoulder is still bothering him.
  4. Backhand shot makes Nikita Kucherov's offense even more dangerous

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — Nikita Kucherov is on a historic streak, just the fourth player in the past 30 years to score a goal in each of his first six games.

    Nikita Kucherov’s backhand shot adds to his strong scoring.
  5. Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

    College

    In an expected move, the University of Louisville Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. The decision came 19 days after Louisville acknowledged that its men's basketball program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe and …

    In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association on Monday officially fired Pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]