12:10 PM ET, July 11, 2013
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Matt Moore pitched like an All-Star on the day he became one.
"Truly an All-Star performance," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "This is like wrapping it all into a nice little package."
Moore (13-3), who was added to the AL All-Star team Thursday after initially being left off, gave up three runs, three hits, two walks and had 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings in winning his fifth straight start and setting a team record for victories before the All-Star break.
"It means a lot," Moore said. "I'm ecstatic about being part of the festivities and being at the game with the best players in the game."
Moore said the best part came after talking about his All-Star addition in Maddon's office.
Give Me Moore
New All-Star Matt Moore won his 13th game, tying him with Max Scherzer for the MLB lead. Moore also set a franchise record for most wins by a Tampa Bay Rays pitcher before the All-Star break. Here's a look:
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"Opened up the door and everybody was waiting there with waters and beers to celebrate," Moore said.
Moore is taking the spot of Texas right-hander Yu Darvish, who went on the disabled list this week due to a strained trapezius muscle.
Two of the runs charged to Moore scored when reliever Alex Torres gave up a two-run single in the eighth to Joe Mauer that cut the Twins' deficit to 4-3. Jake McGee got his first save pitching a scoreless ninth.
Scott and Longoria hit solo shots in a span of three pitches off Mike Pelfrey (4-7) as the Rays took a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Longoria, bothered recently by plantar fasciitis, stopped a career-high stretch of 14 games without an extra base hit.
Rookie Wil Myers had three hits and two RBIs for Tampa Bay, which climbed to a season-best 13 games over .500 with its eighth straight victory. The second-place Rays also improved to 10-1 during a stretch of 14 consecutive games against the Twins, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros -- teams with the three worst records in the American League.
"It's been pretty special," Maddon said. "It's simple, age-tested formula. We pitched well, we caught it and got some clutch hits. There's a lot of belief within the group."
Pelfrey allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. The Twins have has lost 11 of 12, including five straight.
Brian Dozier got the Twins' first hit off Moore when he lined a double with two outs in the sixth down the left-field line that just got past the reach of Longoria at third base. Dozier then scored to tie it at 1 on Jamey Carroll's run-scoring single.
The run ended Moore's scoreless streak at 22 1/3 innings.
The Twins struck out six times and had only one well hit ball, a third-inning fly near the warning track in center by Aaron Hicks through five innings. The lone baserunner during the stretch came when Mauer drew a two-out walk in the fourth.
"That's a heck of a pitching staff over there," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Moore was really good with filthy stuff and all the guys they brought out threw the ball really well, but we've still got to put the ball in play better than we did the last couple of days, and that really affected the outcomes of games."
The Twins struck out 19 times in Wednesday night's 4-3, 13-inning loss.
Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead on Myers' broken-bat RBI single in the third.
Myers extended the lead to 4-1 with a seventh-inning run-scoring single.
The teams started the series finale just over 12 hours after Wednesday night's 4-hour, 47-minute marathon.
Gardenhire said Morneau was sore after playing in Wednesday night's game, but was available off the bench.
Rays RHP Alex Cobb, struck in the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15, underwent a concussion test Wednesday and feels the results will be positive. He could throw batting practice for the first since getting hurt Sunday. ... The Twins placed LHP Caleb Thielbar on the bereavement list and recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester. It was annouced Tuesday that Thielbar would be leaving the team following the death of his grandmother.
ST. PETERSBURG - JULY 11: Infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays catches a fly ball against the...(Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|3rd||W Myers singled to left, S Rodriguez scored, M Joyce to second.||0||1|
|6th||J Carroll singled to center, B Dozier scored, J Carroll to second advancing on throw.||1||1|
|6th||L Scott homered to right.||1||2|
|6th||E Longoria homered to left.||1||3|
|7th||W Myers singled to center, B Zobrist scored.||1||4|
|8th||J Mauer singled to left, C Thomas and P Florimon scored, E Escobar to second.||3||4|
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|Stadium||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL|
|Attendance||24,751 (72.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Alan Porter|
Moore has one of the better curveballs in baseball ... His 45 K with that pitch rank 3rd in MLB among starting pitchers. The effectiveness of his curve can be tied to his success -- and struggles -- this season.[+]
Matt Moore Curveball By Start - This Season
Matt Moore struck out 10 while picking up his 13th win on Thursday... He is the first pitcher 24 or younger to pick up 13 wins with at least 100 strikeouts prior to the All-Star since Roger Clemens in 1986. Of the six previous pitchers in the divisional era to pull it off, 4 went on to win the Cy Young.[+]
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