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MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Los Angeles Angels 1

Sept. 4, 2013 at 1:59 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Matt Moore returned to the Tampa Bay rotation Tuesday and pitched the reeling Rays to a welcome 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Moore (15-3) made his first start in more than a month and notched a nifty one-hit start for the Rays, who had one win in their last nine starts coming into Tuesday's tilt in Southern California.

Moore, who had been sidelined with a stiff elbow, allowed one unearned run on four hits and four walks. The hard-throwing lefthander had won six consecutive starts before going on the disabled list.

The win moved Tampa Bay 2 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees in the AL wild-card race.

Ben Zobrist had a two-run double for the Rays. Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar had solo home runs.

Jason Vargas (8-6) took the loss for Los Angeles after allowing five runs on 10 hits in four-plus inning. The Angels scored their only run in the second inning on a ground out by Colin Cowgill.

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