Moore, 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA in seven starts, can become the first starter in franchise history to begin a season 7-0. A win and Moore will tie LHP
As good as he has been, Moore said there is still room for improvement.
“Oh yeah, absolutely,” he said. “If I was going nine innings and throwing up all zeroes, there wouldn’t be much room to improve. But there’s always something we’re focused on working toward, getting to a place where we can work deep into games.”
Moore said he’s still trying to get hitters out in as few pitches as possible, which means throwing first-pitch strikes and throwing strikes when in a 1-1 count.
“You try to think of three pitches or less to hitters, so filling the zone up in those first few pitches is helping me get some balls put in play,” he said. “If it’s a base hit, at least it only took two pitches. It didn’t take six. If it’s a ground ball, we’re out of there in two pitches.”
Turning the corner? The Rays blew leads in the first two games of this 10-game homestand then rolled off a season-high five straight wins to climb above .500 for only the second time this year.
“It speaks to quality of guys in the clubhouse,” manager
The homestand continues against one of the teams they are chasing in the AL East.
The third-place Red Sox are 21/2 games ahead of the fourth-place Rays.
“It’s always good to start turning things around in the middle of the homestand because you start rolling into the road trip and that’s what you want, to roll into the road trip,” 1B/OF
The Rays open a six-game, two-city trip Friday that goes through Baltimore and Toronto.
Longo named AL POW 3B
He batted .464 (13-for-28) with five doubles, three home runs, 11 RBIs, eight runs scored and four walks to help the Rays to a 5-2 record. This is his sixth career weekly honor. He last received the award for the week ending Aug.?22, 2010.
Noteworthy The Rays signed RHP