MLB: Matt Moore Wins 13th Game as Rays Beat Twins 4-3

Jul 11, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Moore, who was named an All-Star earlier today in place of injured Texas Ranger Yu Darvish, improved his record to 13-3 on the season, leading his Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins today to the score of 4-3. The Rays are now 53-40 on the year, trailing the Boston Red Sox by 3.5 games for first in the American League East. The Twins are now 37-52.

Moore pitched a good game, striking out 10 batters in 7 1/3 innings of work. Not only has Moore won his last 5 starts, but his 13 wins ties him with Max Scherzer for the most in baseball (the 13 wins are also a franchise record for wins by a pitcher before the All-Star break). According to ESPN Stats & Information, Moore is the first pitcher age 24 or younger to win 13 games and record at least 100 strikeouts before the All-Star break since Roger Clemens accomplished the feat in 1986.

Moore was helped by Luke Scott and Evan Longoria. The duo hit back-to-back solo home runs off Mike Pelfrey in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie.

[Source: ESPN]




Topics: Matt Moore, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays

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