St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Matt Moore turned in another outstanding
start, Ryan Roberts went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs, and the
resurgent Tampa Bay Rays took the opener of a three-game series with the New
York Yankees with a 5-1 victory at Tropicana Field.
Moore (4-0) became the first pitcher in Rays history to win his first four
starts of the season after limiting the Yankees to just a pair of hits -- both
coming from Robinson Cano -- and three walks while fanning nine over eight
stellar innings. The talented young lefty has now yielded just 10 hits through
26 frames while pitching to a 1.04 earned run average on the year.
Yunel Escobar added a two-run homer and Sean Rodriguez contributed an RBI
triple to Tampa Bay's fourth straight win, during which the Rays have
outscored the opposition by a 22-5 margin.
All three homers came off CC Sabathia (3-2), who allowed four runs in the
bottom of the first and five overall over seven innings of work to fall to 3-9
in 19 starts against the Rays since joining the Yankees in 2009.
Cano's fourth-inning homer accounted for the lone scoring in New York's 12th
loss in its last 14 visits to Tropicana Field.
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