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Rays' Moore boosts value with another strong start

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Matt Moore #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Matt Moore #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Published Jul. 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES — The Rangers, Pirates, Dodgers and any of the other contenders looking to add an impact starter by Monday's deadline certainly will be thinking more about Rays LHP Matt Moore, who turned in another impressive outing in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Los Angeles.

But Moore doesn't want to think about leaving the Rays.

"I'm here, and it doesn't feel like I'm going anywhere, to be honest with you," he said. "I know this season hasn't quite been the way a lot of us in the clubhouse expected it to go, but we're going to keep putting one foot in front of the other and see where we're at in September. And if not, I'm pretty sure we have another season next year, so hopefully I can be a part of that as well."

Moore worked strongly into the seventh, allowing only an unearned run on C Luke Maile's bad idea of a throw, with four hits, five strikeouts and, of slight blemish, four walks.

Moore, making his bad May look like the aberration and his solid stretch since then the new normal, has won four of his past six starts with a 1.99 ERA and has gone six-plus innings in 10 straight. He is 7-7, 4.08 overall, and to complete his good day he also rapped his second single of the season.

"Matt Moore was outstanding again," manager Kevin Cash said. "It's not hard to believe, but what he's done over his last eight, nine, 10 starts has been really impressive."

OVER THE BOARDS: 1B Logan Morrison made the highlight of several impressive Rays defensive plays, diving over the low wall and into the stands to catch a foul pop, knocking the padding off the wall as he flipped over, to end the seventh in dramatic fashion.

"I really didn't know where the wall was," Morrison said. "It's one of those things where it happened to hit my glove as I was hitting the wall and I was able to hold onto it."

Morrison banged his wrist on something in the stands but said he was okay, and Cash said that wasn't the reason he took him out as part of a double switch in the eighth.

GAME STUFF: The Rays scored all three runs in the fourth. SS Brad Miller led off with a double off RHP Brandon McCarthy and 3B Evan Longoria followed with his 23rd homer. A Steven Souza Jr. walk and a two-out double by Maile netted the other. … Maile made a big mistake in the second that gave the Dodgers their run, throwing wildly to second when C A.J. Ellis tried to steal with a 2-and-2 count on McCarthy with two outs and Joc Pederson on third. Cash said it was the right play but bad execution; Longoria said it may have been wiser to not throw figuring they could get out McCarthy, which Moore did with strike three. … RHP Alex Colome rebounded from Saturday's walkoff loss to record his 22nd save.

REHAB REPORT: RHP Alex Cobb (Tommy John surgery) is set to start a new rehab assignment, and a new 30-day clock, Friday with advanced Class A Charlotte at Brevard County. Cobb's first assignment was halted after two starts due to fatigue and mechanical issues. … RHP Brad Boxberger (oblique) faced two batters (walk, strikeout) for the Stone Crabs to complete planned back-to-back outings, and if all goes well he will rejoin the Rays on Friday. … OF Desmond Jennings (hamstring) was scratched from what was to be his second rehab game for Charlotte due to neck stiffness. The Rays are hoping he can play tonight, eyeing a return to active duty next week. … RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) will make his third rehab outing on Saturday for Charlotte.

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MISCELLANY: The Rays won for the first time at Dodger Stadium, albeit in only five games. … Longoria's homer was the Rays' first in those games and marked the 24th stadium he has gone deep in. … The four straight one-run losses, from Friday-Tuesday, was a first in franchise history and the first time it happened in the majors since the Twins did in June 15-18, 2014. … The Indians and Giants are among the teams most interested in INF Steve Pearce.


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