MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 1

Aug. 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM   |   0 comments

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Matt Moore and three relievers combined in a three-hitter Thursday in pacing the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays,

The three-game sweep of the Blue Jays gave Tampa Bay its 10th win in 15 games.

Moore (9-7) saw his 17 2/3-inning scoreless streak end in the first inning but, other than a leadoff double by Rajai Davis in the first and a Moises Sierra single to open the second, didn't allow a hit over six innings.

He struck out six and walked two.

Kyle Farnsworth and J.P. Howell each pitched a hitless inning. Wade Davis allowed a two-out double to David Cooper in the ninth.

On the other side of the coin, Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez (7-9) was rapped for 11 runs and six runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings.

After hitting the double, Davis stole third and scored on a balk. After Sierra's single, Moore retired the next 14 before giving up a walk.

Jose Lobaton singled in a pair of runs and B.J. Upton knocked in another in a three-run second-inning Rays' rally that included an error and two walks. Ryan Roberts made the score 4-1 an inning later with an RBI single.

Evan Longoria, who had three hits, singled in Upton in the fourth and Lobaton drove in another run the fifth to make the score 6-1.

Longoria had a long drive at first called a home run but overruled and changed to a double, but it was still worth the game's final run.

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