(Sports Network) - Matt Moore eyes his sixth win of the season on Wednesday
when the Tampa Bay Rays continue their four-game set with the Toronto Blue
Jays at Tropicana Field.
Moore won his first five starts and allowed just four runs in doing so, but
did not get a decision on Friday and had his worst outing of the season. The
Colorado Rockies reached the 23-year-old lefty for four runs and seven hits in
just five innings of the Rays' 7-4 win. Moore also walked four batters and saw
his ERA rise to 1.95.
"I put myself in a situation where I really had to grind and battle to get out
of there when I never should have -- I can't walk the pitcher when he's trying
to give me an out," Moore said.
Moore has faced the Blue Jays four times and is 1-1 against them with a 3.26
Toronto, meanwhile, will hand the ball to lefty Ricky Romero, who fell apart
in the fourth inning in his first start on Friday against Seattle. Romero
cruised through the first three innings in that one, but gave up three runs,
hit a batter, walked three more and threw a wild pitch. He would not return
for a fifth frame.
"I felt like the guy I've been working on this past month in Florida. I felt
good, had some good stuff. Had a lot of live movement on the fastball," Romero
said. "That fourth inning just got away from me a little bit."
Romero, of course, was an All-Star for the Jays in 2011, but last year lost 14
games and did not break camp with the big league club this spring, as the team
opted for him to work on his mechanics with Class A Dunedin.
"I thought he was great. I really did," manager John Gibbons said. "He ran
into some trouble there in the last inning, with some walks and he hit the
guy, but overall I think he should feel good about that [outing]. It's
something to build off of, because the beginning of the game I thought he was
Toronto has won the first two games of this set, but after Tuesday's 6-4
triumph nobody seemed all that excited that the Jays would not be losing an
18th consecutive series in St. Petersburg.
Instead all thoughts were with Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ, who was taken
off the field by stretcher after taking a line drive from Desmond Jennings off
the side of his head. He remained conscious and was brought straight to the
"Unfortunately, that's part of the game," said Toronto reliever Brad Lincoln,
who took over for Happ on the mound. "Stuff happens like that. Thoughts and
prayers go out to him, but you've still got to go out there and compete and
play the game."
Forced to dig into its bullpen early, four Toronto relievers combined for 7
2/3 scoreless innings, with Steve Delabar (3-1) tossing two innings of one-hit
ball. Casey Janssen worked a perfect ninth to notch his ninth save.
Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer, Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a solo shot and
two runs scored, while Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera each plated a run to
help Toronto earn back-to-back victories at Tropicana Field for the first time
in almost five years.
Joel Peralta (0-2) was tagged with the loss for the Rays, who blew a seven-run
lead in an 8-7 loss to the Jays on Monday. The Tampa Bay bullpen spoiled a
solid start from Roberto Hernandez, who tossed six innings of one-run ball and
struck out seven.
"It's a bad stretch for almost everyone in the bullpen right now," Peralta
said. "We're probably trying too hard. And sometimes the harder you try, the
worse it goes."
Tampa dominated its season series with the Jays a year ago, taking 14 of the
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