Moore looks to get back on track and help the Rays complete their first three-game home sweep of the Orioles in five years Sunday.
Tampa Bay (34-27), which swept three at Baltimore from May 17-19, has gotten outstanding starting pitching in taking the first two games of this set.
Chris Archer yielded one run over seven innings in a 2-1 victory Friday and Jeremy Hellickson cruised through six innings Saturday in an 8-0 rout. Major league home run leader Chris Davis , 0 for 7 with four strikeouts in the series, homered in all three games while going 7 for 11 in a season-opening set between the teams at Tropicana Field.
Davis might still be stuck on 20 homers after Sunday as he is 2 for 10 with no home runs against Moore (9-1, 2.95 ERA)."(Sunday) is going to be a real challenge for us," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We'll show up, and I've got a lot of confidence in good people."
Moore allowed six runs with six walks over two-plus innings in a 10-1 loss at Detroit on Tuesday. That is his shortest career start, not counting a one-inning stint he had May 31 in Cleveland that was cut short by rain.
The left-hander, 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in five home starts, entered that contest leading the majors in opponents' batting average at .178.
Moore has gone 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two starts against Baltimore this year. Adam Jones is 3 for 6 with the only homer off him in those games while Davis is 1 for 6 and J.J. Hardy 0 for 5.
The Rays last swept three at home from the Orioles (34-28) from Aug. 29-31, 2008.
Tampa Bay has won 10 of 13 and looks to hand Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.97) his first road defeat. Tillman is 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA in five road outings.
The right-hander, however, has posted a 5.73 ERA and surrendered four homers in losing twice to the Rays this year - both at home. He's 0-2 with a 3.18 ERA in three career outings at Tampa Bay.
The Rays got plenty of offense from the bottom third of their lineup Saturday to move one-half game ahead of the Orioles in the AL East. Luke Scott , Jose Lobaton and Yunel Escobar combined for seven hits and five RBIs."Of course you notice the teams in front of you, but you've got to be focused on what you're doing," manager Joe Maddon said. "The process will take care of itself."
|June 06, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 13, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|May 12, 2013||Nolan Reimold||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 12, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||Day-to-Day||Right oblique strain|
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|June 05, 2013||Kelly Johnson||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
|May 16, 2013||David Price||15-Day DL||Left triceps strain|
|May 15, 2013||David Price||Day-to-Day||Left tricep tightness|
|May 08, 2013||Brandon Gomes||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|May 04, 2013||Yunel Escobar||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|April 27, 2013||Jose Molina||Day-to-Day||Knee|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles broke out of a brief offense funk against one of the top pitchers in the American League.
J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones , Alexi Casilla and Nick Markakis had two RBIs apiece and the Orioles hammered eight-game winner Matt Moore in beating the Tampa Bay Rays 10-7 on Sunday.
Baltimore, held to one run and six hits in losing the first two games of the series, had 16 hits Sunday.
"Today we just came out aggressive," Hardy said.
Moore (8-2) allowed career highs of nine runs and 12 hits over five innings in his second consecutive loss. The left-hander was coming off a subpar start last Tuesday in which he gave up six runs over two-plus inning in a 10-1 loss at Detroit.
"The 8-0 start is obviously gone," Moore said of his undefeated stretch. "It's something that, maybe, was a bit misleading I guess you could say. It definitely shows how our team is playing."
Moore said when he was getting ahead in the count Sunday that he just didn't make the needed pitch.
"Not bad stuff, but the location was not good," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "They were not missing anything. This whole season, really, he has not been a command kind of a pitcher. Earlier in the season he might have been making mistakes that were not being hit. It's not like it's entirely different than early, it's just that the command right now is a little off with his off-speed stuff. They were in bad spots."
Chris Tillman (6-2) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings. The Baltimore right-hander has won all five of his road decisions this year.
"You've got to go out there and pitch like it's a 0-0 ball game," Tillman said. "That's one of the learning curves in this game. You've got to go out there no matter what and throw."
Jim Johnson entered in the ninth with two on and two outs and gave up an RBI single to Jose Labaton that got Tampa Bay to 10-7 - they trailed 9-1 in the fourth.
The right-hander then retired Kelly Johnson on an infield pop fly to get his 21st save.
"American League East is tough," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You've got to play nine innings, which our guys did. They kept adding on, or trying to, because it's hard in the major leagues. Things are going to happen."
Johnson had a run-scoring hit in the sixth for the Rays, who lost for just the fourth time in the last 14 games.
The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI doubles by Hardy and Jones. Manny Machado was hit by a pitch near the knee, but stayed in the game and scored from first on Hardy's hit.
Casilla hit a sacrifice fly, Machado drove in a run with his 27th double this season, and Hardy had a run-scoring double as Baltimore went up 5-0 in the second. Machado has a hit in 24 of his last 26 road games.
"You just hope you're not catching him when he's on top of game," Showalter said of Moore. "When he is, it doesn't usually work out for you. We were fortunate to be on the mistakes he made."
Tampa Bay got one run back in the bottom of the second when Evan Longoria doubled and later scored on Desmond Jennings ' infield single. Jennings was caught attempting to steal second later in the inning when Machado made a nifty spinning tag.
Casilla had an RBI single and Markakis hit a sacrifice fly during a three-run third to extend the Baltimore advantage to 8-1. Markakis also had a run-scoring double off Cesar Ramos in the seventh.
Jones hit a solo homer to put Baltimore ahead 9-1 in the fourth.
Ben Zobrist hit his first homer since May 1, a solo shot in the fourth off Tillman.
Sam Fuld helped cut the Rays deficit to 10-6 during the eighth on his first homer since May 27, 2011, a two-run shot against Brian Matusz , who gave up three runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning. Luke Scott also had an RBI single in the inning.
NOTES: Orioles slugger Chris Davis was hitless in 12 at-bats in the series and saw his average drop from .357 to .338. ... Baltimore 2B Brian Roberts (right hamstring) will continue his rehab program with the team. Roberts, who has been working out at the Orioles' complex in Sarasota, Fla., hopes to return before the All-Star break. ... Longoria was the DH, getting a day off from playing third on the artificial turf. ... An MRI on Baltimore RHP Steve Johnson showed a slight left oblique strain. He went on the disabled list June 5. ... Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy (elbow and forearm soreness) is scheduled to resume throwing and make 25 throws at 60 feet on Monday.